There were several women and children on the nearly 150-year-old bridge
More than 130 people have died in Gujarat after a British-era bridge collapsed just a week after renovation. The suspension bridge -- 200 km from Ahmedabad -- collapsed at 6.42 pm on Sunday when around 500 people had congregated on it. The cable bridge snapped due to a heavy rush of people, sources in India's top forensic laboratory have said.
Oreva group, a Gujarat-based watchmaker, carried out the repairs on the century-old bridge. It reopened the bridge on October 26, the Gujarati New Year.
Eyewitnesses say there were several women and children on the nearly 150-year-old bridge when cables supporting it snapped, sending scores of people tumbling into the river below.
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9 Arrested For Gujarat Tragedy, Including Staff Of Firm That Repaired Bridge
A day after more than 130 people died in a bridge collapse in Gujarat's Morbi, nine people have been arrested. Among them are managers of Oreva, the company that renovated the bridge, ticket collectors, bridge repair contractors and three security guards whose job was to control the crowds.
Gujarat-based Oreva has been accused of violating multiple safety rules, leading to the huge tragedy just four days after the bridge reopened to the public. But none of its top bosses have been arrested. "We won't let the guilty get away, we won't spare anyone," Morbi police chief Ashok Yadav said today.
9 Detained For Gujarat Tragedy, Including Staff Of Firm That Repaired Bridge
A day after 141 people died in a bridge collapse in Gujarat's Morbi, nine people were arrested. Among them were officials of Oreva, the company that renovated the bridge, ticket sellers and security men.
Gujarat-based Oreva has been accused of violating multiple safety rules, leading to the huge tragedy just four days after the bridge reopened to the public.
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Gujarat bridge collapse: Ashok Gehlot expresses grief, demands fair probe
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday expressed grief over the loss of lives in the Morbi bridge collapse in Gujarat and demanded a fair investigation into the matter.
Chief Minister Gehlot called the incident of the bridge collapse in Morbi very tragic.
"The government should do a fair investigation and find out how the bridge collapsed after being open after renovation a few days ago and punish the culprits. Good treatment should be provided to the injured and the families of the deceased should be given compensation," said Mr Gehlot.
Earlier, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge also expressed grief over the loss of lives in the Morbi bridge collapse in Gujarat even as he raised questions on the collapse of the bridge that was opened last week. The Congress chief also demanded an inquiry into the mishap.
Nitish Kumar expresses grief over loss of lives in Gujarat bridge collapse
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday expressed grief over the loss of lives in the Morbi bridge collapse in Gujarat.
Chief Minister Kumar has also demanded an inquiry into the mishap.
"It is a sad incident. Many people have died. It was an old bridge which was repaired recently. Government should look into it," Bihar Chief Minister told media persons here.
According to the latest estimates, at least 141 people, including women and children, were killed and over 100 are receiving treatment for their injuries sustained after a cable suspension bridge in Morbi town collapsed on Sunday, plunging people, into the Machchhu River.
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Gujarat Bridge Tragedy: An MP Lost 12 Family Members
BJP Lok Sabha member from Rajkot, Mohan Kundariya, today said 12 of his relatives were among those killed in the suspension bridge collapse in Gujarat's Morbi town.
They had gone to visit the picnic spot on Sunday when the tragedy took place, the BJP MP said.
At least 141 people were killed after a suspension bridge on the Machchhu River collapsed last evening, according to the police.
Rs 2 Crore Spent For "100% Renovation": Firm That Handled Gujarat Bridge
The private company that renovated the almost 150-year-old bridge that collapsed in Gujarat's Morbi yesterday, killing more than 140 people, had claimed the repairs would hold up for at least another eight to ten years. "No doubt about that," a representative from the Oreva group had said during a press conference on October 24, right before the reopening of the bridge after seven months of renovation. Read More
PM Modi to visit Morbi tomorrow
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Gujarat, will visit the Morbi city tomorrow where at least 141 people have died after a British-era bridge collapsed last evening.
Around 500 people, including women and children, were on the suspension bridge when the cables supporting it snapped, sending people crashing into the river below. Many were performing Chhath puja rituals on the 150-year-old bridge in Morbi.
Earlier today, the Prime Minister said that the centre is extending all help to the state.
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The private company that renovated the British-era bridge in Gujarat's Morbi, which collapsed yesterday, killing at least 141 people, opened the bridge to the public months before the agreed time. Read More
12 members of BJP MP's family dead in Morbi bridge collapse
Twelve family members of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Rajkot Mohanbhai Kundariya died in the suspension bridge collapse incident in Gujarat's Morbi on Sunday.
"Among the dead, there are five children," an official said.
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"Pained, But Have To Do Our Duty": PM On Gujarat Bridge Collapse
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said rescue and relief operations have been going on since yesterday and the Centre is extending all help to the state. PM Modi said while he was pained, but also has to follow the path of duty.Read More
Gujarat forms high-power probe committee
The Gujarat government on Monday announced that a high-powered committee has been set up to investigate the incident of the collapse of the suspension bridge in Morbi district of Gujarat in which the death count has climbed to 141.
Amit Shah expresses grief over loss of lives
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday expressed his grief over the loss of lives after the Morbi bridge collapsed over the Machchu river collapsed.
5 Facts About Old Bridge In Gujarat That Collapsed
Ninety-one people were killed after a century-old cable bridge collapsed over River Machhu in Gujarat's Morbi city this evening. Reports say there were hundreds of people on the bridge when it snapped.
High-Powered Committee To Probe Gujarat Bridge Collapse Incident: Minister
At least 132 people have died in Gujarat after a British-era bridge collapsed just a week after renovation. The suspension bridge -- 200 km from Ahmedabad -- collapsed at 6.42on Sunday when around 500 people had congregated on it to perform some rituals in connection with the Chhath puja.