SRINAGAR: Four women among eight people died when the passenger cab they were travelling in skidded off the road and plunged into a 300-feet gorge in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, officials said.
The ill-fated Sumo cab was on its way to Marwah when the accident occurred.
“At about 6.00 pm information received that an accident of a vehicle (Tata Sumo) occurred at Alasyar road towards Tatapani Marwah. Vehicle fall into a Renie Nallah resulted in on spot death of eight people including four women,” news agency KNO quoted police sources as having said.
When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Dr. Devansh Yadav confirmed the accident. He said that as per initial information five to eight people were feared dead in the accident when the sumo fell into a deep gorge.
He added that teams from civil and police administration along with Army’s Rashtriya Rifles personnel and local villagers reached on the spot to carry out the rescue operation.
However, police sources confirmed the spot death of eight persons.
The deceased have been identified as Mohammad Amin son of Ghulam Mustafa Sheikh of Chanjer Marwah, Umer Gani (Driver) son of Abdul Gani Shah of Nowapachi, Mohammad Irfan son of Mohammad Ramzan Hajam of Qaderna Marwah, Afaq Ahmed son of Bashir Ahmed Hajim of Thachna Dachhan, Safoora Bano daughter of Ghulam Rasool of Anjer Marwah, Muzamula Bano daughter of Zahoor Ahmed Malik of Yaurallo Marwah, Asia Bano daughter of Mohammad Younsas of Marwaha and one female yet to be identified.
This was third major accident on Doda Kishtwar roads in last one week in which 16 people including Superintending Engineer, Executive Engineer, Assistant Executive Engineers (AEE) and driver were killed.
On November 14, four employees of the Roads and Building department died in an accident in the Doda district when the government vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a 200 meters deep gorge near Assar on Batote-Kishtwar National Highway.
On November 8, four young boys had drowned after their car skidded off the road and plunged into the fast flowing water body near Karara Premnagar in Doda district. Meanwhile, LG Manoj Sinha tweeted: “Anguished to learn about the loss of lives in a road accident in Kishtwar. My deepest condolences to bereaved families. Directed district administration to provide all necessary assistance.”