Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa has offered to take care of five-year-old Chandana, the lone survivor in an accident near Bhadravati, in which nine occupants of the van, including her parents, were killed.

Chandana who was admitted to a private nursing home with the multiple injuries is recovering and is said to be out of danger.

Financial assistance

Mr. Yediyurappa, responding to the request made by presspersons at Shikaripur on Wednesday, said: "It is my responsibility to look after the girl till she settles in life. I am making this promise not as the Deputy Chief Minister but as leader of the district."

He assured of the financial assistance to the girl who has nothing to fall back upon for her sustenance as all her relatives including her parents were killed in the accident.

Ghastly accident

Nine persons were killed when the van collided against an oil tanker on the bypass road near Bhadravati in the early hours of Sunday.

The occupants of the van were returning to Shimoga after offering special pujas to their family deities Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy at Gubbi in Tumkur district.

Chandana who escaped miraculously was first shifted to the Mcgann Hospital here and later to the private nursing home for treatment.