Volvo Buses rejects AP CID allegation of faulty design
February 27, 2014 - Hyderabad
Volvo Buses on Thursday rejected the allegation of Andhra Pradesh CID chief allegation that the faulty design of Volvo bus accident in Palem in which 45 were burnt alive. The statement issued by the company said that the accident was not due to faulty design. The release said that the company has submitted to AP CID that is probing the incident of all data required by them and Volvo's full compliance with laid down regulations.
It may be recalled that the CID chief Krishna Prasad on Wednesday said that faulty design of the bus was one of the reasons for the accident on October 30, 2013.
The CID that investigated the cause of the accident had come to conclusion after completion of the investigation. He said that 9 persons including wife of JC Prabahakara Reddy were arrested. He said that cases under 36 sections have been registered and Uma Prabhakar Reddy has been named as A1 in the charge sheet. He said that negligence of the driver and owners, defective road and more over designing are the chief reasons for the bus fire accident. He said that after the accident, Jabbar Travels and Diwakar Roadlines have created a fake lease agreement, he said.
It may be recalled here that on October 30, a private (bus (AP 02 TA 0963) was leased by Jabbar Travels, Bangalore, from Diwakar Road Lines, owned by former minister J C Diwakar Reddy) Volvo bus with 52 passengers on its way from Bangalore to Hyderabad caught fire at 5.10am after hitting a culvert. The accident occurred when the driver attempted to overtake a car killing 45 on board leaving seven injured including driver, conductor and five passengers. It happened on the NH 44 at Palem in Mahabubnagar. The entire buses with 45 passengers were brought to ashes within a half-an hour by the time an ambulance reached the spot. The five injured passengers are Masood Pasha, Yogesh, Yaya Singh, Srikar and Rajesh. All of them were admitted at Apollo Hospital near Kanchan Bagh, Hyderabad.