SRINAGAR: Ten people died while 14 others were injured in the road accidents in Baramulla and Kishtwar districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

An official stated that a vehicle carrying passengers slipped on the road, plunging into a deep gorge on Uri-Baramulla road and claimed lives of eight people while eight other sustained injuries.

The deceased were identified as Tahira W/O Reyaz Ahmad; Amina D/O Abdul Gani; Mohd Maqbool Sheikh S/O Ahmad Sheikh; Abdul Rehman S/O Fateh; Maqsood Ahmad S/O Gh.Rasool; Sarwa W/O Gh. Mohd Bakshi; Sameena W/O Ab.Hamid Sheikh and Ab Razak S/O Ab Rehman.

Similarly, a snow cutter machine accident led to the death of two persons, with two others suffering injuries. The deceased were identified as Gh Mohi ud din Chopan S/O Mohd Shaban Chopan (60) and Ab Gani koka S/O Mohd Suban Koka (48).

In a separate incident, at least four persons including three tourists were injured after a vehicle skidded off in Tangmarg area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla.

Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives in a road accidents in Baramulla and Kishtwar districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

He approved an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the Next of Kin (NoK) of those who lost their lives in the accident and an amount of Rs 1 lakh for the injured.

The office of the LG, while expressing grief over the tragedy, tweeted on ‘X’ (previously called Twitter), “Deeply saddened by the tragic accidents in Baramulla & Kishtwar. My thoughts are with the families who have lost their loved ones. Praying for the speedy recovery of those injured”. “An ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives in the tragedies. The injured would be given Rs. 1 lakh. Directed the district administrations to provide all possible assistance to the families expeditiously.”

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Minga Sherpa accompanied by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Dr Zahoor Ahmad Raina in the evening visited the Government Medical College (GMC) Baramulla to assess the condition of the patients who were injured in the tragic accident at Bujthalan Boniyar Uri.

During the visit, the DC interacted with the injured and their attendents to ensure they were receiving proper medical care and assured them of every possible support from the district administration during this difficult time. The DC directed the Medical Superintendent to ensure every possible medical support is being provided to the patients.

Later, the DC paid visit to the Primary Health Centre (PHC) Boniyar, where the injured and deceased were initially brought,  and interacted with the Doctors and Medical staff there to gain more insights into the situation.

Speaking to the media regarding the accident, he said that a Tata Sumo vehicle, en route from Bujthalan Village  to Boniyar and carrying passengers, skidded off the road and plunged into a gorge.

Minga Sherpa further said that, a prompt response from Locals volunteers and  police personnel facilitated the rescue efforts, resulting in the saving of seven precious lives, who are currently receiving treatment at GMC Baramulla.

The DC offered his heartfelt condolences to the families of the eight persons who lost their lives in this tragic accident and assured them of every possible support from district administration.(KNS)


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