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Condolences for accident victims
Published on 12 Aug. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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Governor of Nagaland, Nikhil Kumar expressed “profound shock and grief” over the loss of precious human lives in the tragic road accident. According to an e-mailed statement from the governor’s secretary, the governor expressed sympathy with the bereaved families and prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured. He also prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls.
Stating that he was “deeply pained” to hear about the “tragic” NST bus accident near Chetheba killing five passengers and many others injured, state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio informed that the government has taken all measures in extending necessary help and assistance to the “unfortunate” victims and admitted the injured at Kohima Civil Hospital and Zion Hospital Dimapur. He said the state helicopter was pressed into service for emergency evacuation sorties and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased, Rs 50, 000 to those seriously injured and Rs 25, 000 to those who sustained minor injuries, from the state government. In addition, Rio announced that the deceased and injured would also be compensated Rs 50, 000 and Rs 25, 000 respectively through the NST’s insurance package. The chief minister conveyed “deepest” condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for solace and courage to withstand their loss. He wished speedy recovery to those injured.
Expressing ‘deep shock’ over the accident, minister for roads and bridges, G. Kaito Aye conveyed deepest condolences to family members the deceased and prayed for strength to overcome their loss. He wished early recovery of the injured passengers.
On behalf of the party, NPF advisor Ato Yepthomi conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and wished quick recovery of those injured. He thanked the entire people of Chetheba people, Thenyizu and Thesezu villages and its council members and Cheteba Baptist Church. He also thanked the NPF unit led by general secretary Zuveto Nekha for helping the victims of ill-fated Zunheboto night bus and for providing coffins, shawls and food.
All Sumi Students’ Union (SKK) has expressed profound gratitude to the public of Chetheba, surrounding villages, public leaders, state government and all those individuals for extending their help and support during the “unfortunate accident.” SKK president. Abeto L. Shohe extended heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace. The SKK also wished speedy recovery to the injured.
ANTA Zunheboto unit also expressed ‘shock’ at the accident and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved families. The ANTA Zunheboto unit through its general secretary, Ananto H. Zhimomi wished speedy recovery to the injured.
Centre of Medical and Sales Representatives’ Union (CMSRU) North East Region has expressed “shock and grief” over the ill-fated NST bus mishap in which one of its members identified as Kanu Rajan Bhattacharjee was killed on the spot.
The union in a press statement by its secretary, P. Mazumdhar CRU unit Dimapur said the deceased was a resident of Railway Colony Lumding, Assam working for “Litaka Pharma” and was on company tour to Zunheboto when the mishap took place.
Meanwhile, in remembrance of its deceased comrade the All Medical Representative would be observing day of mourning on Thursday, it was informed.
CLP castigates NST
Describing it as “yet another sad day” for the commuters of NST bus in the state, the Congress Legislature Party condemned the NST department for what it accused as “treating the lives of commuters as commodities for providing bad service which became the messenger of death for the passengers.”
CPL leader and leader of opposition, Tokheho Yepthomi asked the state governemtn to own moral responsibility for the loss of many lives and urged for magisterial inquiry to ascertain the cause of the accident and take necessary steps to prevent such incidents. He urged the government to pay ex-gratia to the families of the deceased and bear all medical expenses to the injured passengers. The CLP thanked the denizens of Chetheba town and surrounding villages for rendering their help to the victims. He extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and wished speedy recovery to the injured.

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