SRINAGAR: The bodies of six residents of Waltengoo-Nar in Kulgam, who tragically lost their lives in a road accident in Shimla on Monday, have arrived at their hometown after a day.

The labourers, lost their lives after the pick-up they were travelling in fell into a gorge near Karaghat in Shimla.

As the bodies of laborers made their way to their houses, the gloomy atmosphere grew stronger. The breaved relatives of the deceased wailed bitterly for their loved ones.

Ghulam Ali Denda, a local resident while said, “These laborers had left their villages eight days ago to take up work in distance and unfortunately we received their bodies today.”

He said that among the six, four were married, each leaving behind a family and children.

“The wounds from the 2005 snowstorm are still raw. And now we are grappling with yet another devastating blow. Six breadwinners have departed, leaving all of us in profound despair,” he said.

Pertinently, almost 19 years ago, a snowstorm struck the villages devouring over 200 people.

He said that the JK administration should promptly extend support, including ex gratia and compensation to the kins of deceased.  “While a lost life can’t be restored, government assistance is crucial for those affected by the tragedy.”

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kulgam, Dr Bilal Mohi-Ud-Din Bhat along with SSP Kulgam Sahil Sarangal visited the area and met the bereaved families.

Speaking to the media, the Deputy Commissioner said that comprehensive arrangements have been put in place. “As of now, the entire district administration is actively supporting the families, and the ex gratia issue will be raised with the Divisional administration,” he added—(KNO)


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