Rajouri: Elderly Diljit Singh’s family is one of the families from the Raipur and Bhata villages of the Nowshera area of Rajouri district that lost their family members in the September 4, 2014 bus accident.
Singh lost his wife Rajinder Kaur, son Manmohan Singh and daughter-in-law Jagmeet Kaur in the accident with the body of his son remaining untraced. “How can I forget about the day that changed my life in all aspects,” Singh said. “That fateful day, I lost my wife, son, and daughter-in-law.”
Looking at the remains of the bus that was washed away in a flash flood seven years ago, Singh said, “My son and his wife accompanied the Baraat. Hardly 20 feet from the location where they boarded the bus, it met with an accident and got washed away.”
He said that it gives him more pain knowing that his loved ones died just a few feet after they boarded the bus.
With teary eyes, Singh said that the body of his son was yet to be traced.
“More than 60 people lost their lives in this accident and bodies of seven are yet to be recovered,” he said. “I am still waiting for the moment for someone to tell me that the body of my son has been recovered as I have no hope of him being alive now.”
Singh said that though waiting for a body even after seven years of an accident was like daydreaming, being a father he was hoping against all hopes.
“I usually purchase household items from a shop located on the other side of the bridge. While crossing the bridge, I see the remains of the ill-fated bus and remember my family members who I lost in this accident,” he said.