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35 people died, dozen injured after bus fell into deep gorge in Kishtwar

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Ground Report|Srinagar

At least 35 people died and over a dozen were injured when an overcrowded bus skidded off a hilly road and fell into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district on July 1 morning.

Police and locals launched a rescue operation and shifted the injured to the hospital. Officail said that the Choppers were flown in and three passengers were airlifted from the site to the Jammu Government Medical College Hospital here.

Governor Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief over the loss of lives in a tragic minibus accident at Keshwan area of Kishtwar district.

In a condolence message, Governor has conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls.

The Raj Bhavan Spokesperson informed that few months ago Governor had directed officers of the Transport Department to take away unfit vehicles and untrained drivers off the road. Governor observed that most of the accidents take place due to careless and untrained drivers who drive without any regard for rules and regulations and become reason for loosing so many precious lives.

Governor added that all the reasons for such incidents will be probed thoroughly and strong decisions will be taken in the next SAC meeting to ensure strict action against those responsible for such avoidable incidents.

Governor has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of the kin of the deceased and directed the administration to provide best medical treatment to the injured in the accident and wished speedy recovery to them.

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A few months ago, the governor had directed the Transport Department officers to take away unfit vehicles and untrained drivers off the road, according to a Raj Bhawan spokesperson.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives. “The accident in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar is heart-wrenching. We mourn all those who lost their lives and express condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest,” Modi tweeted.

Narendra Modi tweets, “The accident in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar is heart-wrenching. We mourn all those who lost their lives and express condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also expressed sorrow over the deaths. “Extremely saddened to learn about the loss of lives due to a road accident in Kishtwar, Jammu & Kashmir. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones. I pray of the speedy recovery of those injured,” he tweeted.

The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has condoled the death of 35 person after a minibus fell in deep gorge in Kishtwar District leaving scores injured.

Congress leaders expressed solidarity with the bereaved family and prayed for their courage to bear this irreparable loss.

Pradesh Congress Committee vice president and former MLC Ghulam Nabi Monga expressed grief and shock over the tragic road accident at Keshwan area Kishtwar in which 35 passengers died while 17 others were injured.

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Monga while terming the accident as unfortunate and tragic, said, the loss of precious lives is shocking for everyone. While praying to Allah to rest the departed souls in peace and give courage and fortitude to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss, he also prayed for the early recovery of those who have been injured in the accident.

Meanwhile Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and President Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti teemed the incident excruciating and expressed condolences with the families of those who have lost their dear ones. She also wished speedy recovery to those who have been injured in the accident.

The PDP President termed the frequent occurrence of fatal road accidents in Jammu and Kashmir a deeply disturbing trend while asking the government to ensure that proper road safety measures are being taken to avoid loss of precious human lives.