In a bizarre twist of tale, Bihar Disaster Management Minister Dinesh Chandra Yadav claimed on Friday that no one died in the dreadful bus accident that took place in Motihari on Thursday, He said this a day after claiming that at least 27 people were charred to death and several others injured after a bus plunged into a gorge and caught fire in Motihari.
“The information of deaths was wrong. Yes I said 27 people have died, it was based on info from local sources, but I also said that only final report will be considered”, he said.
The minister had also announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each for the kin of the deceased persons. “It is a really sad incident. There is a provision to give compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of dead in such cases and it will be given,” he had said.xpressing grief over the accident, PM Modi said, “My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones due to a bus accident in Motihari. I pray that the injured recover at the earliest,” the prime minister was quoted as saying by the PMO.
As per reports of passengers, “only 13 passengers, besides the driver and a helper”, were inside the vehicle when the mishap took place. They had said that a total of 32 passengers had booked their seats in the private bus, but only 13 had boarded at Muzaffarpur and the remaining were likely to board from Gopalganj. The minister said: “There was booking for 13 people. 8 were taken to hospital by authorities, there was no sign of remaining 5, no remains were found. They might have left the spot on their own