The death toll of a cable bridge collapse on the Machchhu river in Gujarat’s Morbi city on Sunday evening climbed to over 130. The suspension bridge reportedly reopened last week after extensive repairs and renovation.
Speaking in Kevadia of election-bound Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday that he was pained by the tragedy.
“I have immense pain in my heart and on the other hand, I have my path of duty to walk. I am in your midst because of duty but my mind is with the families of the victims. I express my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the tragedy. The Gujarat government is with them. The state government has been going about the rescue operations with its full strength,” he said.
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“The NDRF, Air Force and Army have joined in the operations. We are ensuring that all treatment is available in hospitals. The Central government is also monitoring it. The Gujarat Chief Minister (Bhupendra Patel) had reached the spot last night and is leading the rescue operations from the front. The state government has already formed a committee to look into the incident. Ekta Divas gives us the inspiration to face such tragic situations. We take inspiration from Sardar Patel to go forward despite the grief,” PM Modi said.
The bridge was crammed with people when it collapsed around 6.30 pm local time Sunday. A rescue operation was underway to find the missing people. Police also started retrieving the bodies of the deceased.
Modi, who is on a three-day tour to Gujarat and Rajasthan, cancelled his roadshow to be held in Ahmedabad on Monday after the Morbi cable bridge collapse incident.
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also cancelled all his programmes, including the scheduled roadshow in Haryana’s Adampur, for the upcoming bypoll in the assembly seat.
According to reports, a five-member high-powered committee has been formed to probe the bridge collapse. The committee includes Roads and Buildings department secretary Sandeep Vasava and four other senior officers.
Authorities have filed a complaint under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (intentional act causing death) and 114 (abettor present when offence committed) of the Indian Penal Code.