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12 Indians among 17 people killed in horrific bus accident in Dubai

Twelve Indians were among 17 people who died when a bus carrying tourists returning from a break in Oman after the Eid holidays met with a horrific accident here on Thursday evening, official sources said.
 
At least five others suffered injuries in the mishap, which occurred around 6 pm near the Rashidiya exit on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road in Dubai.
 
The bus, which was carrying 31 people, overran a traffic signal and crashed into a height barrier on a road that was not meant for buses near a Metro station. The victims belonged to different nationalities but full details were not immediately available.
 
The injured were rushed to the Rashid Hospital here. The bodies of the deceased passengers were also taken to the hospital, the sources said.
 
"With great sadness, we inform that Indian fatalities in Dubai bus accident have gone up to 12. Our officers are at Rashidiya police station and mortuary to extend all assistance. Our effort now is to get formalities completed soon so that mortal remains can be repatriated soon," Consul General of India Vipul said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
A statement from the consulate said that local authorities and relatives of the victims had confirmed that 12 Indians had died in the accident.
 
Officials of the consulate were in touch with the relatives of the deceased as well as the local authorities.
 
According to the consulate, the names of those who died in the accident are: Vikram Jawahar Thakur, Vimal Kumar Karthikeyan Kesavapilaikar, Kiran Johny Vallithottathil Paily, Firoz Khan Aziz Pathan, Reshma Firoz Khan Aziz Pathan, Ummer Chonokatavath Mammad Puthen, Nabil Ummer Chonokatavath, Vasudev Vishandas, Rajan Puthiyapurayil Gopalan, Jamaludeen Muhamedunni Jamaludeen, Prabula Madhavan Deepa Kumar and Roshni Moolchandani.
 
"The police authorities have said that there are still some unidentified bodies and the number of Indians who died could increase further," the statement said.
 
"Our Consulate expresses sincere condolences to the families of those who passed away in this tragic accident. CG along with other officials and community members met the concerned relatives as well as hospital and police authorities late in the night to assure them of all help," the consulate had said earlier on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
Four Indians had been discharged from hospital after receiving first aid for minor injuries.
 
Local newspapers reported that the bus crashed into a height barrier, which cut into the left side of the bus, killing passengers sitting on that side.
 
Senior police and other government officials rushed to the scene of the accident to oversee the rescue and relief efforts.
 
Meanwhile, Mwasalat, the Omani company that operates the bus service, said it had temporarily suspended its services on the Muscat-Dubai-Dubai route.
 
The Dubai authorities are carrying out investigations to establish the cause of the mishap.
 
Vipul said repatriation of the bodies of the Indians who died in the mishap was expected to begin in a day or two. "Our teams have been working with the respective Dubai government departments to ensure paperwork is completed as soon as possible," he told the Dubai-based English language newspaper Khaleej Times.
 
"Our officers are posted at Al Baraha Hospital and Al Rashidiya Police Station. Once death certificates are issued, the bodies will be sent for embalming and other procedures," he said. 
 
Social worker Naseer Vatanappally is working with the consulate to complete formalities relating to issue of death certificates, the newspaper said.
 
Friends and relatives of the victims were seen gathered at the hospital and outside the Al Rashidiya Police Station.
 
Jamaludeen, one of the victims, was working for a local media company. He had travelled to Oman to visit a friend during the holidays.
 
Vikram, another Indian  who died, was working for UAE telecom company Etisalat. His wife Manisha went into a state of shock when she heard of her husband's death.
 
Ummer, 65 and his son Nabeel, 25, were two other Indians who died in the mishap. Ummer had travelled to Oman with his son to meet his daughter, who lives in Muscat.
 
"They were on their way back from Muscat after celebrating Eid with them. My uncle has had a business here for many years," Ummer's nephew told Khaleej Times.
 
Dubai Police expressed its condolences on Twitter, "The General Directorate of Dubai Police extends its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased who were involved in a bus crash at Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, which killed 17 passengers," it said.
 
India's External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar expressed grief over the tragedy. "Deeply grieved by the unfortunate bus accident in Dubai that has claimed 12 Indian lives. My sincere condolences to the families. Our Consulate is extending all help," he said on Twitter.
 
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