Etah bus tragedy: President Mukherjee calls on UP Govt. to ensure aid to bereaved families

| Updated: Jan 20, 2017 23:25 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan. 20 (ANI): Condoling the loss of lives of young children in a bus accident in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh, President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday called on the state government to ensure full assistance to the bereaved families. In his message to Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, the President said "I am saddened to learn about the loss of lives of young children in the tragic bus accident in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh." "My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the accident. I am sure that the State Government and other agencies are taking necessary steps to provide all possible help to the bereaved families who have lost their near and dear ones as well as medical assistance to the injured," he added. Earlier today, two officials of the state education department were suspended in connection with Thursday's school bus accident case in Etah. Two FIRs have also been registered in Etah school bus accident case, against school administration and the other against the bus driver. A magisterial enquiry has also been ordered. As many as 15 children were killed and over forty were injured as the bus rammed into a stationary truck on Thursday morning. "The school was open against the ordersof the district administration" Uttar Pradesh Assistant Director General Police Daljeet Singh Choudhary, told ANI. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the passing away of the young children. Home Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed his anguish over the tragedy. (ANI)