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Tragic Bus Fire in Haryana Claims Lives of 8 Devotees


On Friday night, a bus carrying devotees caught fire on the Kundali-Manesar-Palwal Expressway in Haryana, resulting in eight fatalities and numerous injuries, according to officials. When the fire started near Nuh, the devotees were returning from a pilgrimage to Mathura and Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh.


A family consisting of more than sixty Punjabi residents, including women and children, was being transported by bus.

The survivors reported smelling smoke at the rear of the bus on Saturday around 1:30 in the morning.

A motorcycle rider noticed flames at the back of the bus and followed it. He finally caught up to the bus and warned the driver who stopped the bus.

“We had hired the bus to go on a pilgrimage to holy sites for 10 days. We were returning home on Friday night. We smelled smoke while we were sleeping. The bus stopped after the motorcycle rider alerted the driver,” one of the survivors said.

After the bus stopped, locals informed the police and tried to extinguish the fire and rescue people. After the fire brigade reached the spot, the blaze was doused and the injured were rushed to nearby hospitals.

Locals alleged that the fire officials arrived three hours later after the bus had completely burned down. “We ran behind the bus and broke the windows to pull out as many people as we could before the fire grew too intense. We informed police but they took too long to arrive,” a local said.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

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