As many as twelve family members of Mohan Kalyanji Kundariya, BJP MP from Rajkot, also lost their lives in the Morbi bridge collapse in Gujarat. Mohan Kalyanji Kundariya said, “I have lost 12 members of my family, including five children, in the mishap. I lost family members who were from my sister’s family.”
The BJP MP said “NDRF, SDRF and local administration are carrying out the search and rescue operations. All those who survived the mishap have been rescued and efforts are underway to recover the bodies of those in Machchhu river and rescue boats are also at the spot”.
More than 141people, mostly women and children, were killed when the century-old suspension bridge on Machchhu river in Gujarat’s Morbi city collapsed. Five teams of NDRF, Army, SDRF and local administration are carrying out search and rescue operations on war footing.
COMMITTEE FORMED TO PROBE THE INCIDENT
Harsh Sanghavi, Gujarat Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi said at Morbi, around 300 km from the state capital, that the state government has formed a committee to probe the collapse.
A five-member Special Investigation team (SIT) team has been formed to investigate the incident. An FIR was lodged in the bridge collapse under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (intentional act causing death) and 114 (abettor present when offence committed), against whoever is found responsible, Sanghavi said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel have announced the ex gratia for the dead and for the injured. Addressing a public gathering, Harsh Sanghavi said that “As of now, 132 people have died in the incident. The bridge collapsed at around 6.30 pm on Sunday evening. Due to the Diwali vacation and being a Sunday, there was a rush of tourists on the bridge, a major tourist attraction. Rescue operations were carried out throughout the night and PM Modi has also taken stock of the situation.
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