Valiaddun (31) of Kistapur village ran almost three kilometers to reach the accident site, when someone said that the kakatiya Techno school bus was hit by a train. By the time he reached few villagers have extracted the bodies of the school children from the mangled body of the bus.
He collapsed after realizing that his two children Gousia (4) and Abdul Rasheed (6) whom he waved good bye few minutes ago were no more and died in the gory accident. He was rushed to Hyderabad for treatment. In yet another family the grief is over flowing as Divya and Charan of Yadagiri of Gundreddipalli lost their lives. In the same village Suman and Srividya, children of Ramulu perished in the accident.
The Gundreddipalli village near Toopran is in mourning. Similarly a pal of gloom descended on Islampur, Nacaharam, Ghanpur, Venkatayapalli, Gundetipalli, Chetlatimmayapalli, from where the unsuspecting children took the school bus, one among the seven buses the kakatiya Techno School runs to pick up students from the rural Toopran mandal and Yeldurty mandal.
Lalitha, mother of Vamsi, a seventh standard student is in shock. She wakes up only to collapse again and is refusing to shed a tear. Hi father Sudarshan of Islampur is a truck driver and is working hard to send his son to a convent. ‘I had no schooling; my son is the only hope our family had. Now I don’t know what will happen to my life,’ Sudarshan says.
Satyanarayana, grandfather of 14 year old Vishnu of Islampur is very attached to his grandson. ‘As my son Veeresham was busy I was the one who walked my grandson to the Bus. I never suspected that the driver was new…other wise I would have cautioned him about the level crossing,’ the old man rued.
Manish Yadav’s father Swamy is an auto driver, eking a living by shuttling passengers between Toopran and Medchal. His wife Poshamma is in shock, refusing to believe that her son will not be coming back. As the grief in Gundredipally reached the crescendo so were the loud sounds of mourning.
As the bodies of their wards will be returning to the villages by night and they would have to be cremated on Friday, listless parents are gathering strength to face the reality. The villages near Toopran will be collectively burying their memories on Friday.