Twenty persons were killed when a passenger vehicle skidded off the road in Ramban district along the strategic Srinagar-Jammu highway on Saturday.
Reports said that the vehicle (Matador JK19-1593) overturned and rolled down about 500ft deep gorge near Kayla mode in Ramban. Station House Officer (SHO), Ramban Inspector Vijay Kotwal confirmed the mishap and said that twelve passengers died on the spot and eight others injured succumbed later.
Deputy Commissioner (DC), Ramban, Showkat Aijaz Bhat said that the accident took place near Kayla mode, 4 kilometers from Ramban. The Deputy Commissioner who oversaw the rescue operation said that two choppers were pressed to airlift the injured to JMC Jammu.
The Matador was its way to Ramban from Banihal when the accident took place at around 11:10 am.
The deceased have been identified as Mashqoor Ahmed Giri, son of Late Mohd Ayoub Giri of Bankoot Banihal, Mohd Shafi Rather, son of Ghulam Hussan Rather of Doligam Banihal, Sunil Singh, son of Rattan Singh, of Digdool Ramban, Mohd Irfaan, son of Mohd Suliman of Panthyal Ramban, Manzoor Ahmed, son of Amdullah Bhat of Senabathi Gugrara Ukheral, Nayeem Ahmed, son of Mohd Yaseen Ganie of Maligam Ukheral, Rukshanda, daughter of Mohd Rafiq Wani, a resident of Chanjloo Banihal ,Farheen, daughter of Mohd Rafiq Wani of Chanjloo Banihal ,Rayaz Ahmed Khan, son of Abdul Rasheed Khan of Tethar Banihal, Mohd Iqbal shah son of Noor Din Shah of Chakka Rajgarh, Mohd Ramzan Wani, son of Momjau Wani of Doligam Banihal, Mustaq Ahmed Ganie son of Mohd Ramzan Ganie of Doligam Balihal, Rashma daughter of Ismail Gouger of Amkoot Banihal, Tanveer Ahmed Baigh son of Mohd Afzal Baigh of Kaskoot Banihal, Kajal Devi daughter of Tarith Singh of Marog Ramban, Ramtullah Rather, son of Abdul Gani Rather of Tantarypora Banihal (Driver), Mudasir Ahmed Mir, son of Abul Jabber Mir of Bankoot Banihal, Mohd Yousef Kumar son of Amdullah Kumar of Darshipor, Utkaranth Mangotra son of Surash Mangotra, a resident of Udhampur and one more male whose identity was not known immediately.
Meanwhile, Governor Satya Pal Malik expressed grief over the loss of lives in the road accident.
In his message Governor has prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls and strength to the bereaved families. He has wished a speedy recovery to those injured in this accident. Governor has directed the District administration Ramban to provide the best possible health care to those injured in government hospitals.
Governor has announced ex-gratia relief of Rs. 5 lakh for the next of the kin of those dead and Rs 50,000 for those injured in the accident.