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5 die in Chetheba bus mishap, several injured; 5 serious; Govt announces Ex-gratia

One of the critically injured who was airlifted to Dimapur at Zion Hospital. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 11(NPN):
Published on 12 Aug. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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Five passengers died while several others injured five of them seriously, when a night super NST bus from Dimapur to Zunheboto met with an accident 8 kms short of Chetheba, under Phek district during the wee hours Wednesday. Police sources said the accident took place at between 11 p.m. to 12 midnight Tuesday when the driver of the NST bus (NL-11 1247) with 27 passengers and two drivers, failed to negotiate a bend causing the bus to roll down a few hundred feet below the road. The ill-fated bus landed on another road below, killing five on the spot that included two females and three males.
Among the injured, five were stated to be in a critical condition while others sustained minor injuries. The injured were airlifted from Chetheba to Kohima with one admitted to Naga Hospital Kohima and the remaining four to CIHSR (Referral Hospital) Dimapur. At the site, villagers from the neighbouring Chetheba, Chesezu and Thenyizu villages rushed to aid the passengers and also retrieved the dead bodies. The injured were taken to Chetheba Primary Health Centre while the bodies were kept at the Chetheba Baptist Church where a brief funeral service was held.
Parliamentary secretaries-Dako Phom, Chotesü Sazo and Dr. K. C. Nihoshe- along with members of the Indian Red Cross Society, department officials and some former councilors of Zunheboto Town Council rushed to the spot. Dako Phom provided immediate cash relief of Rs. 15,000/- each to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs.5000 to the injured. Dr. Nihoshe provided cash of Rs 5000 each to the next of kin of the dead and Rs 3000 each for the critically injured . Dr Nihoshe thanked the 5 NAP B’Coy , the BSF stationed at Chetheba and Chozuba, different churches, public of Chetheba, Muslim Union Zunheboto and advisory board town council, Zunheboto and PHC staff for helping out in the search and rescue operations and also for providing immediate needs to the deceased and the injured. Thanking the Chakhesang community for helping the victims Dr Nihoshe said their act exhibited the “true nature” of the Nagas. At the prayer service Dako Phom assured that the department would own responsibility for the accident and also adopt measures to prevent recurrence of accidents. Sumi Hoho vice president, Kashito Yeptho and former MLA Nuzota Swuro also spoke. DGP Nagaland, K. Kire and chairman khadi and village industries Dr. Nicky Kire provided ambulances. Meanwhile, an official source, speaking on condition on anonymity said that the cause of the accident was negligent driving.
Deptt. inquiry
Expressing shock over the accident, the state government Wednesday has decided to order a departmental inquiry to fix responsibility and suggest measures to prevent recurrence. Chief secretary, Lalthara also announced payment of Rs 1 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, Rs 50, 000 to those seriously injured and Rs 10, 000 – Rs 25, 000 to those injured depending on the gravity of injury.
1 Nishena Sumi of Mishili village
2 X. Kuholi of Old Town Colony Zunheboto
3 N. Atoholi of Bhaimo village Zunheboto
4 Pukhugha of Phesami village under Kiphire district and
5 Kanu alias Ranjan Bhatacharjee.
1 Hovito
2 Toholi
3 Kheliho
4 Khekali
5 Viemecie Poumai and
6 Kevi Chakhesang

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