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Bodies of 25 pilgrims were airlifted to MP in an IAF plane

Dehradun: A day after the tragic bus accident in Damta area of Uttarkashi district which claimed the lives of 25 pilgrims and a bus conductor, the mortal remains of the pilgrims were airlifted to Madhya Pradesh in an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft on Monday.
There were 30 people on board the bus, which was on its way to the Yamunotri shrine when it fell into an 800-feet deep gorge. While 26 people died on the spot, four others, including three MP-based pilgrims and the bus driver, Hira Singh, who hails from Almora, sustained injuries. The injured are receiving treatment at a private hospital in Dehradun.
MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who rushed to Uttarakhand soon after the accident to oversee the rescue operation, said, "I requested defense minister Rajnath Singh to arrange an IAF aircraft to airlift the bodies of the accident victims to MP and he immediately agreed to the demand. The bodies were airlifted to Khajuraho and from there, they were taken to the bereaved families in vehicles arranged by the MP government."
Earlier, on Monday morning, all 26 bodies were brought to Dehradun. Subsequently, they were taken to the district hospital for autopsy. "The IAF plane took off from the Jolly Grant airport around 4 pm. VD Sharma, BJP state president and member of Parliament from Khajuraho, and cabinet minister Brijendra Pratap Singh were on board the IAF aircraft that ferried the bodies," added Chouhan.
In a tweet, Chouhan thanked his Uttarakhand counterpart Pushkar Singh Dhami, who had accompanied him to the accident site on Monday morning where the two CMs interacted with the relatives of the victims. The MP CM also thanked Uttarakhand SDRF, the National Disaster Response Force, and the Indian Air Force for carrying out the rescue operation.
Meanwhile, CM Dhami has ordered a magisterial inquiry to ascertain the exact cause of the accident. He said, "The driver has said that the accident took place after the steering of the bus failed. We have ordered a magisterial inquiry to find out the facts."

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