Bus inferno: 15 more victims identified

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Hyderabad, Nov 5, 2013, DHNS: The identification of Palem bus accident victims picked up momentum with the help of DNA profiling as most of the 42 remains were identified except eight as on Tuesday.

“The remaining eight bodies, including four in which finding a DNA containing tissue is proving impossible, will also be matched to their blood relatives and will be handed over, completing the whole process,” said Mahabubnagar DRDA Project Director Chandrasekhar.

All of the 19 bodies, except two, identified on Monday have been handed over to their kin on Tuesday. Relatives of the four victims from Karnataka out of the 19 identified have also claimed the bodies.

However, the kin of the victims who expected some announcement on ex-gratia from Andhra Pradesh government were left disappointed. “We demand Rs 20 lakh ex-gratia as we have lost an earning member of our family with bright future. They should also give a government job to an eligible person in his immediate family,” Adari Krishna, a victim’s father, said.

As many as 45 persons perished in the accident that occurred on October 30 in Palem of Mahbubnagar district. Three bodies were identified on the first day and were handed over to the relatives. Another 19 were identified on Monday and 15 on Tuesday taking the total of identified persons to 37.

Meanwhile, the CLUES team of AP police in its report to SP of Mahbubnagar district ruled out any sabotage and also any presence of crackers in the bus. However, the investigators felt that the accident occurred as the driver rammed the bus to the peculiar culvert wall on the right side of the bus, resulting in the bursting of fuel tank.

As the luggage section, which caught fire, was under the seats the driver might have failed to notice it spreading upwards.

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