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Six killed in Tawang as suspension bridge collapses

Itanagar , Mon, 03 Oct 2011 ANI

Itanagar, Oct 3 (ANI): In a tragic incident, six villagers were washed away and killed when an under-construction wire rope suspension bridge at Khetnallah over Tawang Chu (river) connecting Gyamdong village in Tawang district bordering Bhutan collapsed at around 6 a.m. on Sunday.


Two wire ropes snapped from the anchor bolt of the bridge - being built under Jang PWD division - when seven persons were crossing it, although the bridge is still not ready for use, according to Tawang deputy commissioner Kemo Lollen.


While five women and a child fell into the river and were washed away, one Thinley Norbu, 23, held on to the bridge's dangling suspenders and was later saved by the locals.


The missing persons were identified as Langcha Drema, 31, Tashi Yangchin, 21, Thutan Yangzom, 21, Nima Chongzom, 27, Dorjee Chozom, 23 (all women) and a 3-year-old child, Tenzin Phuntso, of Gyamdong village.


"Langcha's body was recovered late Sunday night during the search and rescue operation, which had been launched immediately by police and SSB personnel with the help of the administration and the locals," the Deputy Commissioner said, adding that the search up to Lumla still continues. The body has been sent for post mortem.


The Deputy Commissioner further said that he has taken up with the state government early grant of ex-gratia to the next of the kins of the deceased. (DIPRO)


Meanwhile, a junior engineer in-charge of the bridge has been taken into custody and a magisterial probe ordered. (ANI)


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