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1 dead, several injured in mishap

The ill-fated mini bus with 71 children on board that met with an accident in Kohima on Friday. (NP)
Correspondent: Kohima, 04 Jul 2008
Published on 5 Jul. 2008 12:09 AM IST
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One child was killed while several children were injured when a Mini Bus in which they were traveling rolled down some 30 to 40 feet below the National Highway 61 near the directorate of Fishery department in Kohima today.
Police said the bus bearing Registration No NL-01B -2641 carrying around 71 children was heading towards the Highland Park near IG stadium when it met with the accident at around 11.45 am after failing to negotiate a turn. The bus was reportedly traveling at a high speed.
Out of the 71 children, one died in a hospital while 62 children were discharged after administering first aid and eight children were still in hospital but reported to be out of danger. The deceased child Vikheshe (12) son of Vikhase, Police personnel, DEF Kohima of Ighanumi village, a class VII student of Holy Family School AG succumbed to injuries at the Naga Hospital Kohima. 
According to Police sources, the children were a part of the Vacation Bible School (VBS) conducted by Cross Wonder Church Chandmari and were going for an outing to the Highland Park. The VBS started on July 2 and was to end on July 6.
Police suspected the cause of the accident as due to the rash and reckless driving by the driver identified as one Abdul Rahman who was now under their custody.
The injured were immediately rushed to Naga Hospital Kohima by various good Samaritans.
Meanwhile, the public expressed concern over the reported cases of frequent reckless driving and wanted to know from the state government and the concerned department whether there was any mechanism to check it.
It may be recalled that on June 23, two persons died on the spot and 20 were injured in a Mini Bus accident at New Civil Secretariat junction, Kohima where the Police also attributed the cause of the mishap as due to the rash and reckless driving.

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