In a shocking incident, over 24 school children feared dead and several others injured after a bus in which they were travelling in collided with a truck in Etah district of Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh on January 19.
According to the reports, fog was the main cause of the accident.
While schools in the state have been closed until Friday 20 due to poor weather conditions, the J.S. Public school to which the bus belonged was open.
The bus had more than 60 students.
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 19, 2017
UP’s Director General of Police, Javeed Ahmad told reporters, “Priority is to rescue trapped children. Rescue operation is underway. Strict action will be taken against the school”. He also added that school was open against the order of district admininstration to close schools due to cold weather in UP.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi took to his Twitter handle to express his views on this shocking incident and wrote:
Anguished by the tragic accident in UP’s Etah district. I share the pain of the bereaved families & condole passing away of young children.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 19, 2017
Home Minster Rajnath Singh expressed his condolences over the incident. He in a tweet wrote, ” Deeply saddening to learn the loss of many precious lives in a road accident in Etah district of UP”.
Deeply saddening to learn of the loss of many precious lives in a road accident in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh, this morning.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) January 19, 2017
More details awaited.