Two students sustained injuries after the school bus in which they were traveling back to their homes from school overturned in the thick of smoke caused by stubble burning at village Qila Lal Singh near Batala on Wednesday afternoon. The bus, carrying 30 students, was passing on the road some metres away from the burning farmland when it caught fire. In no time, the vehicle was completely engulfed by the flames.
As many as 30 students had boarded the bus which belonged to Shri Guru Har Rai Public School at Qila Lal Singh. The bus was going to drop the students home after school when the incident took place.
As per the media reports, some unknown farmers had set fire in a farmland for burning the wheat stubble. The school bus which was crossing through the road next to the farmland somehow caught fire and in no time, flames engulfed the entire vehicle reducing it to ashes.
Locals who were present at the spot managed to rescue all the school children from the burning bus and rushed them to a nearby hospital where they are undergoing treatment now. As per the reports, one amongst the students is stated to be in a critical condition.
As per TOI, Senior superintendent of police, Batala, Rajpal Singh Sandhu informed that the incident happened on a link road near village Qila Lal Singh. The injured students were rushed to hospital while a case had been registered against the driver of the school bus and unknown persons who had put the stubble on fire.
“There were around 30 students in the school bus when it left Sri Guru Har Rai Public School to drop the students at their homes but at the time of incident, there were there around 10 students. There was a thick layer of smoke on the link road due to stubble burning in the neighbouring fields and when the driver of the bus tried to pass through the smoke, he lost control of the bus following which the bus tilted and overturned and also caught fire”, said the SSP, Batala.
Reacting to the incident, Punjab education minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer tweeted that he took the report of the incident from deputy commissioner, Gurdaspur Muhammad Ishfaq and directed to provide free treatment to the injured students.