State-Wide Mourning in Gujarat to Condole Loss of Lives in Morbi Tragedy

GUJARAT: Gujarat is observing state-wide mourning on Wednesday to pay homage to the victims of the Morbi bridge collapse tragedy. Flags were flown at half-mast, an official said, adding that no official or entertainment event would be held on Wednesday.

The decision to observe the state-wide mourning was taken on Monday in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the situation after the tragedy in which 135 people were killed on Sunday evening when the British-era suspension bridge on the Machchhu river collapsed.

He chaired a high-level meeting at Morbi to review the situation, and called for a “detailed and extensive” inquiry into the Morbi bridge collapse tragedy and said its key learnings must be implemented at the earliest.

Meanwhile, reports state a lawyers’ body in Gujarat has decided that they will not represent the nine accused arrested over the bridge collapse

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