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Discarded School Van Catches Fire In Punjab; 4 Kids Dead

Chandigarh: 4 youngsters have been killed on Saturday after an LPG-fuelled modified however discarded van being run illegally by a non-public college with 12 college students on board caught fireplace at Longowal city in Sangrur district in Punjab, officers mentioned.

College authorities bought the discarded van a day earlier and have been working illegally. The useless included two youngsters of a household and a two-and-a-half-year-old who attended the varsity for the primary day.

Eyewitnesses instructed the media that passers-by raised an alarm after they discover the automobile working with fireplace on the rear aspect. Locals pulled out the youngsters after breaking windowpanes.

They mentioned the villagers had a tricky time in extracting the victims from the van they usually had begun the rescue operations earlier than the authorities might attain the spot.

The van driver, who’s believed to be a college instructor, escaped after the accident.

The van belonged to Simran Public College in Longowal. The kids have been returning residence from the varsity when the van caught fireplace.

Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori mentioned a case beneath Part 304 (punishment for culpable murder not amounting to homicide) was registered towards the varsity administration, the principal and the van driver.

He mentioned as per preliminary inquiry, the van was very outdated and plying illegally.

The accident spot is a few 20 km from district headquarters Sangrur.

Sangrur Member of Parliament Bhagwant Mann, who reached the spot, mentioned the van was undeserving to ply. It was bought from junk.

He demanded {that a} case of homicide needs to be registered towards the varsity authorities. “This is a not an accident but a murder,” Mann mentioned.

Training Minister Vijay Inder Singla met aggrieved households and promised that no official who allowed the automobile to ply could be spared.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh expressed grief over the incident and ordered a magisterial probe.

A compensation of Rs 500,000 might be given to the following of kin of the useless, he mentioned.

(IANS)

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