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20 dead in UP bus accident

Twenty passengers drowned and 21 others were injured when a Uttar Pradesh roadway bus, coming to Delhi from UP, fell into the Hazra canal under Pilua police station on the national highway-91 in Etah district late Monday night.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has annouced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for the families of the deceased, Rs 50,000 for seriously injured and Rs 20,000 for other injured in the accident.

A high level probe has also been ordered, Minister of state for transport Manpal Singh had said, who announced the compensation on behalf of the CM.

Several bodies have been recovered by the PAC divers. Four passengers were still missing.
The ill-fated roadways bus of Aligarh depot, on way to Anand Vihar terminal in New Delhi from Farrukhabad, fell into the canal from a small bridge after breaking the railings.

The injured have been admitted to the district hospital in Etah. Condition of seven of them is serious, District Magistrate of Etah Mahesh M told reporters.

However, a bus passenger, Ajay Chaturvedi, who jumped out of the bus when it fell into the canal, said the driver was drunk and the accident occurred when he was trying to overtake another vehicle.
He said the bus was over crowded with more than 70 passengers and had just left the Etah bus stand after dinner when the accident took place at around 2300 hrs.

Out of the 20 who have drowned, 15 have been identified. Efforts are on to identify the rest of the dead, the DM said. Agencies
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