Kolkata, Aug 10 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday expressed her profound grief at the fatal accident in Birbhum, which led to the death of nine people, including 8 women, and announced the state will provide Rs. 2 lakh to the families of the deceased.
Taking to twitter, Banerjee said, “Deeply saddened by the fatal accident in Birbhum, which led to the death of 9 people, including 8 women.”
“My heartfelt condolences to the families who lost their loved ones,” she said.
The chief minister announced, “GoWB will provide Rs. 2 lakh to the families of the deceased. Under the Somyabothi scheme, Rs. 2000 will be provided to perform the last rites of each deceased.”
“Special GR will also be provided to the families of the deceased,” Banerjee added.
At least nine people were killed when an auto in which they were travelling was hit by a state government-owned bus in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, police said on Tuesday.
The accident happened in Ranigunj-Morgram area of NH 60 under Rampurhat police station this afternoon when the victims, all male farmers, were returning home in a three-wheeler auto, which was involved in head-on-collision with a passenger bus on the highway.
All the victims, who died on the spot, were the residents of Rampurhat.
They were returning home after their day’s work in the paddy field.
Police said most of the victims either were flung on the metal road after being hit by the bus, or got sandwiched inside the auto.