No relief yet for Volvo victims

Volvo victims still awaits ex gratia promised by the government, demands Botsa’s resignation.
Hyderabad: Even a month after the Mahbubnagar bus mishap, the relatives of the victims are yet to get the insurance and ex gratia promised by the government.
Transport Minister Botsa Satyanarayana had promised that the government would pay ex gratia to the families of the victims in addition to the insurance amount ranging from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 70 lakh, but not a rupee has been paid so far.
“The government has neither fulfilled its promises, nor has it paid attention to our demands. We seek justice,” said K. Vittal, father of the deceased software engineer K. Vedapatti.
Relatives of the 45 persons who died when the bus they were travelling in caught fire on October 30, protested before the minister’s quarters on Saturday and demanded Botsa Satyanarayana’s resignation.
No one from the transport department has contacted the families so far. “We have not got any information from government so far. None of us have a clue when and how the government is going to pay us,” said A. Archana, sister of Venkatesh, president of the Chiranjeevi Fans’ Association, who was travelling in the bus to Hyderabad to invite relatives for his daughter’s wedding.
The relatives of the victims have formed the Mahbubnagar Bus Victims’ Families Action Committee. The coordinator of the committee, Dr Sudhakar, said that the committee wants justice.
“Apart from the compensation, we seek justice for the victims. The real culprits responsible for the incident have not been punished. The bus owner was arrested and released and the driver will be out of jail soon,” Dr Sudhakar said.
He said that the Transport Minister must take moral responsibility for the mishap. The transport ministry has not responded.
( Source : dc )
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