Maharashtra: 13 dead after minibus falls into Panchganga river in Kolhapur

The mini bus that plunged into Panchganga River along the Shivaji Bridge in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur

Mumbai: At least 12 people were killed and four injured when a passenger mini-bus fell into the Panchganga river at Kolhapur in western Maharashtra, police said.

Sixteen members of three families, related to each other, were returning from Ganpatipule, a pilgrimage and beach town in Ratnagiri district, police said.

The bus was going through the Shivaji Bridge of Panchganga when the driver suddenly lost control of the vehicle, and it drove off the railing.

Police and fire brigade rushed to the spot as an onlooker alerted the Kolhapur police about the incident. Search operation is underway. As per the reports, the three were seriously injured and taken to the Chhatrapati Pramila Raje Civil Hospital for the treatment.

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Later, after the autopsies were performed, the bodies were handed to hundreds of grieving relatives who had reached the place by Saturday afternoon, said police official D.N. Ghorpade of Karveer Police Station. It is a awful accident which has lost several lives in the midnight.

Maharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of ech the deceased.

The incident occurred when the private bus with at least 16 passengers was heading from Ratnagiri to Kolhapur.

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