Kondagattu accident: Delivery date turns death day for a pregnant woman

Family members used ice bricks and rice hulls to preserve bodies. While some used freezers, a majority of the people used ice and rice husk to prevent decomposition of bodies.

By Author  |  Published: 12th Sep 2018  10:24 pmUpdated: 12th Sep 2018  10:43 pm
Kondagattu bus accident
Relatives mourn during the funeral procession of one of the victims of the bus accident, at Shanivarampeta village of Jagitiyal district on Wednesday. Photo: AP

Shanivarampet: There is a saying that giving birth to a baby is hell. However, a pregnant woman might have experienced hell even before giving birth to a baby.

Delivery date has turned as a death date for a nine months pregnant woman, Endrikayala Sumalath (25), who died in Kondagattu bus accident on Tuesday. Sumalatha, who successfully gave birth to two sons Saivardhan (6) and Manidheep (4), breathed her last without giving birth to the third one.

As Tuesday was the delivery date, the nine-month pregnant woman Sumalatha along with her mother Bhulaxmi (52), and mother-in-law Venkavva (55) boarded the ill-fated bus in Shanivarampet village of Kodimyal mandal at 10 am. Unfortunately, besides the unborn baby, Sumalatha, Bhulaxmi and Venkavva died in the accident. Suresh, the husband of the lady, had stayed in the village due to agriculture work.

Sharing the plight of the family before Telangana Today, Rajeshwari, co-sister of Sumalatha, said she never thought that they would face such kind of horrible situation. The entire family went into depression following the death of four persons, she said while controlling tears. Stating that she has no words to speak, another co-sister, Jamuna said no family should have not been faced such kind of horrible situation.

Kin of victims use ice and rice husk to preserve bodies

A family member of the deceased, who died in Kondagattu bus accident on Tuesday, was forced to use old practice to preserve bodies. There was a shortfall of freezers to preserve bodies as a number of people belonging to surrounding villages such as Dabbuthimmaipalli, Shanivarampet and Himmathraopet of Kodimial mandal, were died.

So, family members used ice bricks and rice hulls to preserve bodies. While some used freezers, a majority of the people used ice and rice husk to prevent decomposition of bodies. It was necessary to preserve bodies more days since children and family members of the deceased migrated to Gulf counties in the search of employment. The body of a 60-year-old woman, Gajula Rajavva was preserved by using the same method in front of her house in Dabbuthimaipalli as her two sons, Lachaiah and Vamshi are staying in Dubai.

Speaking to the Telangana Today, another son of the lady, Hanumanthu, who stays here, said after coming to know about the incident, his brothers began preparations to return to the village to have the last glimpse of their mother. Rajavva died in the accident while she was proceeding to a hospital in Jagtial to get treatment for fever through which she has been suffering for a few weeks.

Unfortunately, the woman’s husband, Narsaiah committed suicide six years ago due to debts. Not only Rajavva, a number of people traveling in the ill-fated bus were going to hospitals in Jagtial to get treatment for fevers and other diseases. About 200 people have been suffering from fevers in Dabbuthimmaipalli, said K Babu, a villager. A couple, Galakonda Devaiah and Lachavva were also traveling to Jagtial to get treatment. Lachavva was taking her husband Devaiah to provide treatment to his leg.

Fear of teacher’s punishment saved girl

Kondagattu bus accident
Endrikayala Anitha

Fear of English teacher’s punishment saved an intermediate girl from bus accident which took place near Kondagattu on Tuesday. Endrikayala Anitha, who is studying MPC second year in Nethaji Junior College in Jagtial, also skipped weekly test to avoid punishment by an English teacher.

Speaking to the Telangana Today, Anitha informed that she regularly travels in the bus at 7 am to reach college on time. She would be late to college if she took the 10 am bus. On Tuesday, the bus left the village when she reached the bus stop. She had decided to skip the college and slip test as her English teacher would punish students who are late to class. I would have met with an accident if I had boarded the bus at 7 am, she said.