Bus fire snuffs out young lives, cuts short dreams; Volvo to help in probe

Bus fire snuffs out young lives, cuts short dreams; Volvo to help in probe

Hyderabad/Bangalore, Oct 30 (IANS): The horrific bus fire in Mahabubnagar district Wednesday snuffed out many young lives, plunging their families into gloom on the eve of Diwali.

Some of them working in Bangalore were returning home to celebrate the festival of lights while some young software professionals were shifting to Hyderabad for a better career.

As many as 45 people were killed and five injured when the Volvo bus belonging to Jabbar Travels and coming to Hyderabad from Bangalore caught fire after hitting a culvert near Palem in Mahabubnagar district.

Majority of those on the ill-fated bus were in their 20s and 30s. Four women and a baby were among the dead.

Software engineer A. Ravi, 27, was one of the young professionals, whose dreams were cut short by the tragedy. He was coming to Hyderabad to join multinational company Accenture. Ravi, a native of Narsipatnam in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh, was working in another company in Bangalore.

According to Ravi's friends, he was waiting for an offer letter from another multinational company in Bangalore and since it was delayed he decided to shift to Hyderabad and join Accenture.

N. Roohia, an employee of Info Technologies here, was another young software professional who lost her life in the mishap. She had gone to Bangalore for some work and was returning to the city.

Twenty seven-year-old K. Vedapati, working as an accountant in a bank in Bangalore, was coming home to celebrate Diwali. A native of Nizamabad district, he was married in November last year.

"He informed wife and parents that he is coming for festival but we received the shocking news this morning that the bus caught fire," said one of his relatives trying to identify him in the charred remains of the victims.

Akshay Singh, 28, a software engineer employed in Bangalore, was to come home Oct 26 for his birthday but postponed the visit so as to celebrate Diwali with his family in Hyderabad. A pall of gloom descended on his house at Chikkadpally here.

G.B. Sundara Raju, 54, and his wife Vijaya Kumari of Guntur district were among the victims. The couple, who was staying with his son in Bangalore, was on its way to Hyderabad for treatment.

Golf coach Yogesh Kumar is one of the five injured in the accident. According to doctors at DRDO Apollo Hospital, his condition is critical.

One of the victims, Venkatesh Yadav, was president of the Chiranjeevi Fans' Association in Bangalore, formed by ardent admirers of former Telugu mega star and union tourism minister.

Yadav was travelling to Hyderabad with his sister Anita, who too perished in the bus fire.


Volvo to help in bus disaster probe

Swedish transport vehicle major AB Volvo has offered to help state agencies investigating the fiery mishap involving a luxury bus of its make in Andhra Pradesh Wednesday in which 45 passengers were burnt to death.

"A team from our company will visit the accident spot to gather facts. We will offer full cooperation to the authorities and agencies investigating the mishap," Volvo's Indian subsidiary said in a statement here.

The luxury coach, built by the city-based subsidiary, was being operated by leading private transport carrier Jabbar Travels from Bangalore to Hyderabad, about 600 km away, through National Highway 7.

The accident took place involving a Volvo intercity coach at Kothakota in Mahabubnagar district, about 130 km from Hyderabad.

"At this juncture, we are not in a position to represent the sequence or cause of the incident as investigation is being carried by the authorities concerned," the statement added.

Volvo's air-conditioned buses are one of the popular modes of inter-city and intra-city transport services across the country.


Siddaramaiah expresses shock

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah expressed shock over the ghastly disaster and mourned the victims, offering his condolences to the bereaved families.

"I have directed the Raichur deputy commissioner to help the victims' relatives to transport their bodies to Bangalore and offered to provide relief to them," Siddaramaiah said in a statement.

"I pray to the Almighty to give strength and courage to the grieving families to bear the loss," he said.

Raichur, about 500 km from Bangalore, is the border district across Mahabubnagar in the northern region of the state.

Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the homes of some of the victims here as nearly 30 of the passengers boarded the bus late Tuesday from the transport firm's office in the city centre.



Comment on this article

  • Joseph, Doha, Qatar

    Fri, Nov 1 2013

    Transportation services are one of the worst in India. I am dead sure that NONE of the travel operators have a systematic and professional way of ferrying passengers across the country clear off loopholes. Even if it is observed or pointed out by the relevant authorities, a hatchet is amicably planned to waive off such non cognizable offence which is very absurd which involves palms greased, quick bucks exchanging hands, favours granted etc. The rules should be of such a draconian nature firstly being the licenses being impounded so that the real ethics of business without any involvement of corruption is retained thereby valuing precious lives of people without their fault. So many lives are lost yet lessons are not learnt. God knows when these type of culprits (travel operators) will be booked.

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  • nawaz, manglore

    Thu, Oct 31 2013

    driver is responsible for all the passengers who was on board and it was his responsibility to inform all the sleepy passengers about the incident before he save his life...
    Any how ....may all the souls rest in peace
    Inna lillahi wa inna ilahi rajioon....

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  • Praveen Kumaresh, Bengaluru

    Thu, Oct 31 2013

    All those Private buses which start from Kalasipalya are carrying large quantity of Combustible Chemicals in their underneath luggage compartment. That is why they ask all passengers to keep even their big sized personal luggeges also inside the bus as luggage compartment below is full of chemical drums.
    This unlucky bus also caught fire suddenly due to such chemical luggages underneath. Otherwise just passenger's personal luggages never catch fire so fast.

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  • indian, india

    Thu, Oct 31 2013

    Dear Kamal Tayyib,
    well said. Yes, in Dubai public tpt. busses u can c the hammers to break glasses in case of emergency. just imagine. if the authorities in India provide the same in busses, how long it will stay? it may vanish in few days. Then who is responsible? v will simply start blaming the authorities. Few months before i read, KSRTC launched high end busses with micro oven and kitchen facilities.Within few days all things were missing. without changing our attitude in addition to stringent rules i dont think v can expect miracles.

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  • s.jayakumar, coimbatore

    Thu, Oct 31 2013

    drivers should take extra care when they driving in night time. they have to take rest with enough sleep before they go for duty. dear drivers pls think so many peoples life is in your hand, you are not holding the steering holding their life. jk

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    Thu, Oct 31 2013

    National High Way Autority is the culprit for this Incident.

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  • Kamal Taiyyeb, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 31 2013


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  • calvin jonathan dsouza , mangalore

    Thu, Oct 31 2013

    RIP ppl . very sad .god please grant their families strength to bare this pain of their loved ones .

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  • vinaya, mangalore

    Thu, Oct 31 2013

    Shocking news.Most of them were youngsters.May GOD give strength and courage to each one's family members to bear this heavy loss and may their souls rest in peace.

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  • lukas, malpe

    Thu, Oct 31 2013

    very sad news.we can do is-just pray GOD to give thier family strength and courage to bear these lose.

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  • leslie fernandes, Udupi

    Thu, Oct 31 2013

    This is a grave tragedy...
    My respects to the perished...
    My solidarity to the bereaved...
    Life is so uncertain and challenging...
    Do and you loose and do not do you loose anyway...
    We are like chickens in the cage...
    Anytime ready to be slaughtered...

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  • Victor Fernandes, Toronto/Mumbai

    Wed, Oct 30 2013

    My dear friends as far as possible
    avoid travelling by bus, trains are the safest, one bogie is equivelant to one bus, slight slip is enough for a bus tragedy. Volvo buses are the safest, this tragedy took place because of the driver, he was either drunk or sleeping. young, young educated people died, May their souls rest in peace. I am extremely sorry to hear this news, this is the carelessness of the driver.

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  • Gurudath, M'lore/Mumbai

    Wed, Oct 30 2013

    We ignore safety though we get reminders like this every now and then.

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  • Mohan K, Bangalore

    Wed, Oct 30 2013

    My dear Friends.

    May god give support to the family/relatives/friends of the victims. My the victims soul rest in peace.

    If we set the max speed limit as 60kmph in the vehicles at the time of manufacturing, it will surely reduce the death, pain and sorrow. In India every year 1lakh people lose their lives in road accidents. If we can ban drugs, i am sure we can put the speed limit also in the vehicles. Speed kills and thats the ultimate truth. I know many people might say that this is impractical. But I pray to god that some how the govt will consider my request and look into this matter. I have lost one of my family members in a tragic road accident and till date the sorrow has not gone away, and i am sure the sorrow will be with me for my entire life and beyond.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Wed, Oct 30 2013

    May the souls of all who perished in this accident rest in eternal peace!! Strength to all the berieved and those critically injured!!! Nothing to say about Volvo, but "Man proposes, HE disposes"!!

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  • jeetendra hegde, mumbai

    Wed, Oct 30 2013

    sometime greed for more money by the owners make deprive of sleep to drivers which leads to such disasters...this is the second accident involving volvo bus after Ahmedabad.Even after taking lot of safety measures by volvo same thing happenned again.bus drivers should explain safety measures to passengers before taking on the bus ,like using of hammers to break glass in case of accident and location of glass braking hammer etc...Anyway let us pray for the departed souls and families to withstand shock..

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