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Kullu HRTC bus accident: Taxi driver, who allegedly meddled with bus controls, arrested



Kullu Bus Accident 2017

Shimla – The Himachal Pradesh Road Transportation Corporation bus, that had rolled down into a gorge on the Anni-Jalori road in Kullu district on Tuesday morning, killed five people including two women and injured about nine other passengers.

Three passengers died on the spot while two others died at the hospital. Two injured passengers were referred to the Indira Gandhi Medical College while others were receiving treatment at the Anni and Banjar hospitals, Deputy Superintendent Anni, Baldev Thakur.

The cause of the accident was reported to be a scuffle between the bus driver and a taxi driver over the road blockage due to the bus, said reports

The bus was parked on the roadside on the Anni-Jalori road near Mashnu Nullah. Both the driver and conductor were standing outside near a tea stall.

There were around 25 passengers but only 13 were inside the bus when the taxi driver got into the bus and meddled with the controls. The bus moved backward and rolled down hundreds of meters down into a gorge.

A local standing at a distance also captured the accident with mobile phone and the video went viral on the social media.

The accident was so horrifying that it ripped apart the bus.

The taxi driver, who was identified as Inderjeet Singh, allegedly jumped from the bus and fled the scene in a wounded condition. However, later the police reportedly nabbed Inderjeet from a hospital. He was taken into police custody and was being interrogated.

School children praised for helping in rescue work

Children of nearby Government Senior Secondary School Khanag, who were celebrating the Independence Day, were the first arrive as rescuers along with other locals present on the spot. School children displayed bravery and carried injured upto the road.

The school children were appreciated by everyone who came across one of their photos posted on social media.

The district administration provided an immediate relief of Rs. 20000 to the family of the deceased while injured were given Rs. 10000 relief. The Transport GS Bali said an inquiry will be conducted in the case.

Apathy of Govt towards road condition

The locals also held the poor condition of the congested road responsible for the accident. Locals said the road becomes highly risky during monsoon every year. The administration is not serious to find a permanent solution.

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DC Kangra confirms abduction of 3 Himachalis in Nigeria, CM seeks Centre Govt’s help



Himachali held hostages in nigeria

Shimla: The Deputy Commissioner of Kangra today confirmed that Nigerian sea pirates have held three men hailing from Kangra hostages for ransom.

The state government said it has taken up the matter with the Government of India and requested the safe release of all three hostages.

The step came after the news appeared in regional media.

The State government claimed that in a communiqué to the Western Africa Division, Ministry of External Affairs, the state government said the three youths namely Sushil Kumar, Pankaj Kumar and Ajay Kumar, who belong to Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh have been kidnapped by the Nigerian pirates as per the confirmed report.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has sought the intervention of Union government to ensure the safe release of three hostages.He hoped the union government will act fast and get the hostages released safely.

You can read the entire matter here in HW’s previous article.

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Govt silent over safety of 3 Himachali youth allegedly held hostages by Nigerian pirates for ransom



Himachali held hostages in nigeria

Shimla: Three youths hailing from Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district, who were serving in Merchant Navy, have reportedly ended in the hands of armed Nigerian sea pirates as hostages. The armed pirates hijacked their ship and demanded a ransom of 11 million nairas (20-22 Lakh INR) from the parents of one of the hostages.

The details are scanty as no official confirmation has been made by the State or Centre Government. It is not clear when they were abducted. 

The news broke out when Raghubir Singh (62) of Nagrota, father of one of the hostages, reached media yesterday.  

As per the information given by Raghubir, the other two men included Pankaj Kumar of Samloti and Ajay Kumar of Palampur.

The three men were currently working for a private shipping company named Max Marine Services in Cortnou Benin.

On March 12, the parents of one of the abducted youth, Susheel Sharma (37), who was the captain on the ship, received a call through a satellite phone. Susheel told the parents that he along with two others had been held hostage in some jungle. He told the parents about the pirate’s demand for ransom in exchange for their release.

On March 21, Himachal had received a shock after the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed, while speaking in the Parliament, the killing of 39 Indians in Iraq including four men from Himachal. Three of them hailed from Kangra while remaining one belonged to Mandi district.

Now, this fresh case of abduction has again jolted Kangra.

Surprisingly, as alleged by the parents, the Centre or State Government have not given any reaction to the situation.   

The district administration also said it was not aware of the situation.

The parents also alleged the shipping company of keeping them in dark whenever they contacted it to know whereabouts of their son. The owner of the ship told the parents that a negotiation was ongoing with the pirates.

However, recently, the owner stopped picking up phone calls from the aggrieved parents.  

Ultimately, the family on March 18 approached the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the Prime Minister, Modi,  through a mail with their plea to intervene and rescue their son.

However, the parents allege that they did not receive any satisfactory response from anyone. 

As per the statement of the parents, Sudhir had told them that they are getting only one meal per day. The pirates will starve them to death if the ransom is not paid, Sudhir had told the parents.

Now, the parents do not trust the company anymore and have put their hope on the Government.   


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Man killed as stone rolls down hill, breaks through moving HRTC bus window in Kullu



Bizzare Bus Accident in Himachal's Kullu

Kullu: A big round stone rolled down a hill and broke through the window of a moving Himachal Pradesh Road Corporation (HRTC) bus that was heading towards Kullu from Rampur today. The accident occurred near Luhri in Kullu.  A co-passenger who was sitting beside the deceased also came in spate and received injuries.

However, the deceased, who was identified as Manohar Singh (60) of Tippal village in Anni, died on the spot.  The injured was identified as Vijay Kumar of Kumarsain. He was taken to hospital in Rampur. 

The death came from nowhere and picked up its prey within a fraction of a second, said the eyewitnesses. The stone hit Manohar right on his head, which was badly crushed.  

Other passengers were horrified by the bizarre and sudden manner the stone broke through the window like a bullet.  

A police team from Luhri rushed to the spot and took custody of the dead body.  The elected MLA Kishori Lal Sagar also arrived at the spot on hearing the tragic news. The body was later handed over to the family after the postmortem.

The district administration provided Rs. 20, 000 to the victim’s family as immediate relief. The HRTC also announced Rs. 10,000 as relief money.  

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