Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah and vice president Omar Abdullah on Saturday expressed deep sorrow and anguish over the loss of lives in a tragic road accident on Chandrakoot-Rajgrah road in Ramban.
Party president while expressing grief over the accident in a statement said, “I am deeply saddened by the loss of lives in a road accident. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families,” adding, “This year there has been a steep increase in the number of road accidents on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. What is worrying here is the fact that there has been no initiative by the incumbent governor administration to curb the occurrence of such fatal accidents.”
“The highway has unfortunately turned into the highway of death. India being a signatory to Brasilia declaration is committed to halving road accident death by 2020. The process, however, requires strict scientific action from the administration, which unfortunately has shut its eyes and ears to the mounting road accidents. The present governor administration is rather overwhelmed by prejudices and overindulgence in politicking,” he said.
Party vice president Omar Abdullah while expressing grief over the deadly accident said, “I pray for peace to departed souls. Unfortunately for the past few years, there has been no initiative towards ensuring safety and security of the commuters on Jammu –Srinagar highway. We have been repeatedly asking the incumbent governor administration to find a scientific remedy for curbing such accidents. However, our repeated pleas have fallen on deaf ears,” adding, “I urge the administration to give best of the medical treatment to the injured and adequate compensation to the next of kith and kin of those who died in the fatal accident.”
Meanwhile, party’s general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar and district president Ramban Sajad Shaheen have also expressed grief over the accident and have urged the incumbent administration to take measures to curb the occurrence of such accidents.”