2 Students Critical; Fight Over Theft in Bus Led to Accident?

Mangled remains of the private bus which met with an accident killing four students and a driver on Monday | Express PHOTO

Vijayawada:  Post-mortem examination of the four medicos of Osmania Medical College, who died in the road mishap at Surayapalem village was performed at the Government General Hospital in Vijayawada on Tuesday and the bodies were handed over to their parents.

A sense of gloom prevailed at the hospital with friends and relatives of the victims in the ghastly road mishap turning up to lend moral support to the parents of the victims, who came there to collect the bodies of their children.

The deceased were identified as G Lakshman, Moka Vijaya Teja, both house surgeons of 2010 batch, Macha Pranay Raja Ram and Vodanala Uday of 2012 batch of Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad. Lakshman belonged to Mahalingi village in Tandur mandal, while Vijaya Teja was from Pragathi Nagar in Quthubullapur, Nizampet in Hyderabad. Pranay Raja Ram was from Saroornagar Colony in Hyderabad and Uday was from Ramnagar in Karimnagar town.

The post-mortem of the four boys was performed and the bodies were later handed over to the parents.

Students had reported that there was an altercation between them and the crew of the bus over their valuables being stolen from the bus. This had irked the driver who was drunk and started driving at  high speed.

Meanwhile, the condition of two more students – Kandula Sujith Reddy of 2013 batch from Kadapa district and Sangaraboina Rajesh Kumar of 2014 batch from Warangal district is said to be critical.

Both might need neurosurgical procedures to be performed on them, according to the doctors. Six other students are also undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Meanwhile, Telangana Health Minister C Laxma Reddy, Director of Medical Education M Ramani, Principal of OMC B Prabhakar and students rushed to Vijayawada on learning of the accident. They met the students undergoing treatment at Andhra Hospital and enquired about their health. The minister expressed satisfaction at the treatment being provided to the injured. Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu and Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrasekhar Rao expressed shock over the deaths of the students in the mishap and expressed their condolence to the bereaved families.

Telangana government has announced that it would bear the entire cost of the treatment for the injured.

Collector Babu said an inquiry has been ordered and those found guilty would be prosecuted.

Omer Travels Owner’s Son Bought the Bus

Hyderabad: The bus which met with an accident at Surampalem on Monday night, belongs to the son of Omer Travels owner Omer Khan though the bus was emblazoned with the name and logo of ‘Dhanunjaya Travels’.  Transport department officials of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh say that the bus, bearing registration number AP28TB1166, is registered in the name of Akbar Khan, son of Omer Khan who owns Omer Travels. Hyderabad joint transport commissioner T Raghunath said that the bus was registered in Ranga Reddy district by Dhanunjaya Travels. As the travel company faced financial problems, it sold the bus to Akbar Khan in April 2015. “He transferred the permit and has been plying the vehicle,” Raghunath said, adding that the brand name should change when the ownership changes and the earlier owner’s brand name and logo cannot be used by the new owner for the vehicle he bought.

-More at New Indian Express

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