Morbi Catastrophe: PM Modi meets kin of victims, ensures extensive probe

2 November, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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The victims were given assurances by PM Modi that swift justice would be served, and he also ordered a probe into every element of the disaster in order to hold those accountable.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent nearly two hours in the pottery town that is mourning the lives of 135 people on Tuesday. There, victims of the Morbi suspension bridge accident described their horrible October 30 experience.

An official announcement stated: “The PM said the necessity of the hour is to launch a rigorous and exhaustive probe which would discover all issues pertaining to this disaster.

Modi sternly ordered the authorities to provide the impacted families with all the assistance they can at a review meeting with officials and politicians at the office of the superintendent of police (SP). The statement read, “The Prime Minister instructed the authorities to maintain contact with the affected families and make sure they receive all necessary assistance in this unfortunate hour.

Modi initially went to the disaster scene with chief minister Bhupendra Patel to learn more about the events that led to the tragedy from junior home minister Harsh Sanghavi.

Also meeting with the families of those who passed away, a very upset PM comforted them.

“PM Saheb’s remarks have relieved my suffering. He promised me that all those involved would be brought to justice,” a sobbing Rajesh Sanura, who had lost his son Sandeep, 19, added. Modi visited numerous grieving individuals at the SP’s office, including Sanura.

The PM spoke with a number of patients at the Morbi Civil Hospital who were recovering from their injuries and learned more about the disaster. “I told Modiji about my near-death experience and how I was saved after clinging to the bridge. He sent me his best wishes for a quick recovery,” Ashwin, one of the hurt, said.

Modi gave instructions to the hospital’s management to guarantee the greatest care.

The PM also spoke with the NDRF, Navy, and Army commando rescue forces, who are engaged in busy rescue and relief operations.

The review meeting was attended by the CM, Sanghavi, the chief secretary Pankaj Kumar, the director general of police (DGP), Ashish Bhatia, the collector, G. T. Pandya, the Rajkot range inspector general of police, Ashok Yadav, as well as local MLAs and MPs. The PM reportedly also instructed officials to apply the inquiry’s important findings as soon as possible in order to prevent a repeat of the catastrophe.