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Night bus plunges into gorge in Meghalaya

Shillong, Jan. 28: Three persons were killed and 34 injured when a Guwahati-bound night super bus plunged into a 40-foot gorge on the outskirts of the city this morning.

The 40-seater passenger bus (AS-01 CC 4009) owned by Guwahati-based Super Zed Travels, was on its way to Guwahati from Silchar when it went off the road and plunged into the gorge at Mawblei, about 5km from here, around 4.45am. The driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle, a police official said. The site is considered accident-prone, he added.

Of the three victims, one died on the spot, the second died on the way to hospital and the third in hospital. The victims have been identified as Gopal Barman of Govindapur village under Assam’s Nalbari district, Balaram Chaudhury, 50, of Bardpan Bazaar under Papum Pare district in Arunachal Pradesh, and Bahar Uddin Barbhuiya, 29, of Lakhipur village in Cachar district of Assam. The district administration has informed the authorities in Assam and Arunachal to facilitate relatives to claim the bodies.

At least two of the injured are stated to be critical. Three CRPF personnel were also seriously injured. Two of them were shifted to Shillong Military Hospital and one was taken to Woodlands hospital.

Most of the injured were rushed to Shillong civil hospital by 108 Emergency Service Ambulance based at Laitumkhrah here. The injured included 28 men, two women and four children.

Some of those taken to Shillong civil hospital include Rimpi Sharma, 9, Amarjeet Sharma, 5, Babul Singh, 46, Shukla Sharma, 28, Bibi Sinha, 50, Ranjeet Sinha, 20, Kishore Kumar, 27, Sihab Uddin, 26, Najim Uddin Chowdhury, 28, Mahadev Sarkar, 28, Sumpi Sharma, 17, Kashrul Lashkar, 32, Badal Islam Lashkar, 27, Paokholein Keivom, 33, Madhu Sudhan, 34, Fibor Bhuiya, 38, Sahab Uddin, 26, Deepak Kumar, 39, and Akoigan Metei, 28.

East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner Sanjay Goyal said according to preliminary reports, the vehicle’s brakes had failed. He said the cause behind the accident would be known only after a proper investigation has been carried out.

Driver Roket Sharma, who comes from Malugram village in Cachar district, suffered minor injuries.