Jai Singh, a glass fabricator from Uttar Pradesh would not have dreamt that his new assignment in Hyderabad will have a tragic start. The 40 year-old-man managed to escape from the bus that got gutted in Mahabubnagar district with minor burns but the incident has shaken him terribly.

“I woke up to commotion in the bus and just jumped out of it,” said Singh, who is admitted to the Apollo DRDO Hospital at Kanchanbagh. He was on his way to take up a new job in Hyderabad. In the past, he was settled in the Bangalore and recently got a contract to take up work at the company in Hyderabad.

However, four others passengers - B. Rajesh, Shrikar, Mazher Pasha and B. K. Yogesh Gowda -- suffered serious burns and according to the doctors the condition of two of them is critical.

Yogesh Gowda, a golf coach with the Hyderabad Golf Association (HGA), used to come regularly to the city and stayed at Tolichowki. On Monday night, Gowda took the ill-fated bus from Bangalore. “He is very friendly and soft spoken,” is how his friends described the sports coach who suffered almost 45 per cent burns.

For Srikar, an IT professional, the return journey to Hyderabad was to take up a new job here. The 30 year-old resident of BHEL township was coming home after collecting documents from his previous employer.

“He got a job at a private company in Hyderabad and was to join it shortly,” his relatives said. B. Rajesh, a software professional, went to Bangalore on some assignment and was returning.

“He called us last night and said he would be in the city on Wednesday morning,” said his wife, Sailaja, who works as a school teacher.

Mazher Pasha suffered 22 per cent burns and authorities are making efforts to contact his relatives.

Dr. S. Samiullah, administrator of Apollo DRDO Hospital said: “The injured are under observation and the condition of two of them is critical.”