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Seven killed in Raipur bus-truck collision

Nisha Agarwal

At least seven labourers were killed after a bus carrying them collided with a truck at Cheri Khedi in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur. Several others were injured in the accident that occurred in the wee hours of Saturday.

According to a report, about 60-70 passengers, mostly labourers were being ferried from Odisha’s Ganjam to Surat in Gujarat. The bus collided head-on with a truck while passing through Cheri Khedi in Raipur.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has expressed grief over the incident. He announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from CMRF to the next of the kin of the deceased. The CM also announced free medical treatment for the injured in the mishap. He has directed Rural Development, Labour & Employees’ State Insurance Minister Susanta Singh to proceed to Raipur and extend necessary assistance to the victims. Additionally, he also asked Odisha DGP Abhay to remain in touch with DG Chhattisgarh for coordination in this regard.

At least six injured passengers are said to be in critical condition.

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