However the funeral of 16-year old student Nimeshika Tisari of
Amba – dande – gama was withheld as her mother has still failed to return home from her employment in Saudi Arabia.
Nimeshika’s relatives told our news team that they have sought all assistance from authorities including the Foreign Employment Bureau to bring Nimeshika’s mother R.M. Mallika Kusumalatha back from Saudi Arabia.
Nimeshika was adopted by her aunt in Amba – dande – gama and was being educated at Bandarawela Kuda Kusum Girls School and was preparing for the GCE O/L examination to be held next December.
On that fateful day, Nimeshika was returning home following tuition classes in Bandarawela.
However Transport Minister Kumara Welgama paid his last respects to the passengers who died in the accident this afternoon and later visited the injured who are currently receiving treatment at Bandarawela and Diyatalawa hospitals.
Meanwhile the use of mobile phones by SLTB drivers and conductors while on the wheel has been prohibited with immediate effect.
SLTB Vice Chairman L.A. Wimalarathna said that on the Minister’s directives, steps were taken to send the respective circular with regard to this regulation to all SLTB deports.