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, Bihar Disaster Management Minister Dinesh Chandra Yadav backtracked by saying there was no casualty, news agency ANI reported.
"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.
#WATCH: On yesterday's #Motihari bus accident, #Bihar Disaster Management Minister Dinesh Chandra Yadav says, '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' pic.twitter.com/SAeEVQ3s6p— ANI (@ANI) May 4, 2018
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.
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: #Bihar Disaster Management Min Dinesh Chandra Yadav on #Motihari bus accident,earlier confirmed 27 deaths pic.twitter.com/8wVn91Sjwu— ANI (@ANI) May 4, 2018
Expressing 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.