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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 12:28 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 12:28 AM (IST)NURPUR BUS MISHAP

3 kids discharged, still under trauma

Rajiv Mahajan

Nurpur, April 16

Even as the memories of the fatal accident haunt them every now and then, the parents of the three children, who were discharged from hospital on Monday, have made up their mind to admit them in the government school located in the village.

The memories of the friends and classmates, they lost in a horrific accident, is all too palpable not only for the survivors, but also for the village which lost 12 children in the accident last week.

The three children, who were discharged from the Nurpur Civil Hospital on Monday, are Ranbir (9), son of Suresh, Munish (4), son of Malkiyat of Gatla village, and Kanika (12), daughter of Ajay Singh, resident of Khuwara village.

“There is no question of sending my child to any private school now. By God’s grace my daughter has been saved and I can’t afford to risk her life for anything,” says Ajay Pathania of Khuwara village. His daughter Kanika Pathania, a Class VII student, has been advised five-day rest by doctors while discharging her. Her younger sister Sneha, a Class VI student, was not as fortunate as Kanika as she died in the accident.

The Pathania family can at least seek some solace. As they mourn the death of one daughter, the family can’t thank God enough that at least one child was saved.

Suresh and Renu, parents of Ranbir, said the safe return of their kids after the accident was no less than God’s gift. “Ranbir talks about the accident off and on but he was very excited to go home. Once at home, he immediately picked up his bicycle and went out to play,” they say. They too have made up their mind to admit him to the local government school.

Ranbir, who had fallen from the ill-fated bus while it was rolling down the deep gorge, climbed up and reached the roadside. He is a witness to the accident. “Driver uncle was on the right side and not driving fast when and a speeding motorcycle suddenly came from the opposite side. The uncle tried to save him and the bus veered off the road and fell into a deep gorge,” he recalls those horrific moments. Ranbir says he will not go back to his old school as he will miss his friends.

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