A day after eleven people lost their lives in a tragic Mughal road accident, a traders’ body in Surankote town of J&K’s Poonch district on Friday hoisted black flags to mourn the deaths of the 11 passengers. The traders’ body also sought a restoration of the thoroughfare on immediate basis.
Expressing sorrow, the trade body said that the hundreds of people have lost their lives due to the pathetic road condition till now. The traders’ body also requested the higher authorities to look into the matter.
On June 27, a vehicle on way to Shopian skidded off the road and plunged into a gorge in Lal Ghulam area near Peer Ki Gali, resulting in the death of 11 students including 9 girls and injuries to eight people.
The vehicle was carrying over at least 20 students of a private computer centre at Surankote, said an official, adding that the rescue operation was launched immediately after the accident.
The injured persons were rushed to district hospital Shopian, where from eight critically injured persons were shifted to Srinagar hospital for specialized treatment.
Besides J&K governor Satya Pal Malik, the deaths were condoled by the various political parties. Governor also announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh for the next of kin of the dead students.