Wounds of Nowshera bus tragedy still alive

Wounds of Nowshera bus tragedy still alive
The bodies of six to seven persons are yet to be traced. The wound of this tragedy is still fresh for the villagers who lost their family members.Special arrangement

Rajouri: Seven years ago a tragedy hit Rajouri when an ill-fated bus carrying a Baraat was washed away in a flash flood with over 60 people losing their lives.

The bodies of six to seven persons are yet to be traced. The wound of this tragedy is still fresh for the villagers who lost their family members.

The remains of the ill-fated bus that met with an accident still lie in the rivulet beneath Raipur Bhata Bridge near the Lam area along the Line of Control (LoC).

The villagers of the area said that their memory of the tragedy cannot fade away and they still remember the days when they would cremate bodies of 10 to 11 people together in the local cremation ground.

The locals from Raipur Bhata village said on 4 September 2014, the Baraat of local Sikh youth was on way to Lam and while crossing the mini-cement bridge at Raipur Bhata, the driver lost control over the wheel as the water was flowing over the bridge and the bus turned turtle and fell in the rivulet that was witnessing a flash flood.

“It was a nightmare for us as the bus carrying our family members got washed away,” said M K Singh, a local. Another local, S S Singh said that while moving toward Lam, LoC area everyone moves over this bridge and sees the remains of the bus lying in the water. “For other passersby, it is just part of a story or news but for us, it was a nightmare and we get shaken up whenever we remember about this tragedy,” Singh said.

“The wounds of this mishap are still fresh in the minds of every person of the village and our eyes become teary whenever we remember our near and dear ones who died in the accident,” he said.

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