Odisha Govt Warns Of Strict Action For Carrying Firecrackers In Buses

Bhubaneswar: Following the death of a woman passenger after a bus coming from Kolkata to Paradip caught fire on Friday night, Odisha government has issued a strict warning against carrying firecrackers in the buses.

Speaking to media persons on Saturday, deputy fire officer of Bhubaneswar Abani Swain said there are strict rules against carrying any kind of explosives including firecrackers in buses due to the threat to the passengers. Violation of the rules will lead to penalty as per the law.

“Unfortunately, some people do not follow the rules and continue to carry firecrackers in passenger buses. We have already carried out awareness drive among bus employees and public against such practices. Now we will enforce the rules strictly,” he added.

Transport commissioner Amitabh Thakur has also warned the people against carrying explosive materials including firecrackers in the buses.

It may be noted that the bus carrying 38 passengers from Kolkata to Paradip caught fire on the way. The woman, identified as Pushpanjali Das of Kendrapada, who was traveling in the bus with her husband and two children, died due to burn injuries.

The bus was reportedly carrying explosive materials including firecrackers and candles which led the fire to spread fast. While Pushpanjali died, 25 passengers sustained injuries in the incident.

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