2 dead in school bus overturning in Rajasthan

A day after two underage students were killed and 22 seriously injured when a high-speed school bus overturned in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, the state government has awarded financial compensation of Rs one lakh to members of the family of each of the deceased victims.

Two minors identified as Hasam Khan (12) and Kasam Khan (14) had died when their school bus met with an accident. As many as 22 students were injured, 20 of whom are being treated at AIIMS Jodhpur.

The bus driver was arrested and orders were issued against school management for allowing an overloaded bus to operate without a license from transport authorities, officials said.

State Minister Saleh Mohammad visited the homes of the two deceased children on Thursday evening and expressed his condolences. He also handed over the allowances.

Jaisalmer district collector, Pratibha Singh, said police arrested the bus driver, Subhan Khan, for reckless driving. A case has been filed in this regard.

Instructions were also issued for strict action against the school principal and the bus driver. The district transportation official was instructed to take strict action in the case because the driver did not have a license and was driving an overloaded vehicle, officials said on Friday.

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