Palem bus tragedy: Narayana wants owner booked

HY07RAYAL5PALEM_1747573fCPI leader K. Narayana at the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the memorial of Palem Volvo bus fire on Thursday. Photo: Special Arrangement

CPI State Secretary K. Narayana on Thursday demanded that a suo motu case bebooked against J.C. Prabhakar Reddy, the owner of the Volvo bus which caught fire near Palem village on October 30, killing over 40 passengers.

The Joint Action Committee formed by the Palem bus fire victims, in association with the L&T, the National Highways Authority of India and the district administration launched work to construct a memorial at the Palem truck bay on Thursday, marking the 100 day of the accident. Mr. Narayana laid the foundation stone for the memorial, which is likely to come up in the next two months.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Narayana demanded that the private bus services be stopped in the State. Convener of the JAC, D. Sudhakar, suggested that all the employees working for the managements of private buses should be given jobs in the APSRTC.

Ms. Naveena, who lost her husband Shiva Kiran in the accident, deplored the government’s failure in initiating any action against the bus owner, though 100 days had passed since the mishap occured.

“We are yet to get any justice,” she said. Members of the family of 30 victims and film actor Sivaji also spoke on the occasion.

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