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BJP dissatisfied with handling of Aizawl bridge collapse victims’ bodies

Aizawl: BJP has expressed dissatisfaction on how the Kolkata-based ABCI Infrastructure Pvt. Limited handled transportation of the 23 dead bodies killed in the collapse of a steel girder of a partially built railroad bridge near Sairang village 18 kms west of Aizawl city.

Ziarul Haque, a BJP leader from West Bengal came to Aizawl and visited local office of the ABCI Infrastructure on Monday and informed the company officials that they will lodge a formal complaint against the company.

Haque, accompanied by Mizoram BJP unit spokesperson Lalremsangi Fanai informed the ABCI officials that some of the highly decomposed bodies of the victims reached their hometown Malda in West Bengal only on Sunday. 

Reports said that rather than sending the 23 bodies of the victims by flights from the lone Lengpui airport barely 17 kilometres from the site of the incident, they were sent to Malda via Silchar in Assam by road while the bereaved families were tearfully waiting them tom come home.

The BJP leaders also told the ABCI officials that the mishap happened most likely due to technical/engineering failure by flouting of safety measures, resulting in the deaths of many workers working under the company.

Survivals of the tragedy, interviewed by local journalists, said that they suspected manufacturing defects of the steel girder being used for the particular stretch of bridge no. 196.

The steel girders were manufactured and assembled outside the state and transported to the work site, they said.

As reported earlier 23 people died and 3 people were injured when a steel girder of the under construction railroad bridge collapsed at Sairang Zero Point near the proposed Sairang-Sihhmui Railway Station on August 23 morning.

All the 23 bodies were recovered in a search operations conducted by the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Quick Response Team (QRT) police personnel with sniffer dogs and the local volunteers from the surrounding villages as well as from Aizawl, within three days.

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