Kevadia: Speaking in Kevadia in election-bound Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that he is immensely pained by the Morbi bridge collapse tragedy.

“I am here in Ekta Nagar but my mind is with the victims of Morbi. I express my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the accident. The government is with the families of the victims in every way,” Modi said during the rally.

The Gujarat government has been engaged in relief and rescue work since last evening. All possible help is being given to the Gujarat government from the central government. NDRF and Army are deployed. PM Modi said that he has immense pain in his heart, but also has to walk on the “path of duty”.

Addressing the people at the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat, the PM further said, “I have never experienced such pain in my life. On one side is a heart full of pain and on the other is the “duty path”.

CM Bhupendra Patel reached Morbi only after getting the news of the accident. A committee has been formed to investigate.

Criminal complaint lodged against contractor

The government has lodged a FIR against the hanging bridge repair agency, its management. However, no one has been arrested yet in this case.

Officials said that there will be no let up in relief and rescue work. Continuous treatment is going on in the hospital. “NDRF, Army and Air Force are engaged in relief and rescue work. Priority is being given to minimize the problems of the people.

A cable-long bridge over the Machhu river collapsed in Gujarat’s Morbi town on Sunday evening. There were 500 people on this bridge. Several people were performing Chhath Puja on the 150-year-old bridge, located 300 km from Ahmedabad, when the accident took place. So far, more than 141 people have died in this accident.

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