16 Yatris dead, 35 injured in Banihal accident

PM announces Rs 2 lakh compensation to victims; SRTC orders inquiry; Local Kashmiris carry rescue operations

BK News Desk/Srinagar
July 17, 2017 TOP STORIES 279 Views
16 Yatris dead, 35 injured in Banihal accident

At least 16 Amarnath pilgrims were Sunday killed while 35 others sustained injuries when a bus they were travelling fell into a deep gorge on Srinagar-Jammu highway at Banihal, officials said.
A Yatri bus was heading towards Srinagar met with an accident after a tyre burst at Nachilana on the highway.
“The bus fell into the gorge and resulted in the on spot death of 16 pilgrims,” they said.
They said that 35 others have sustained injuries as well among which 26 are critical.
Out of 16 deceased pilgrims, the 14 were identified as Dheeraj Kumar, son of Rajinder, resident of Seharpur near Modinagar Ghaziabad, Ranjit Kumar, son of Suresh Chowdhary, resident of Donapur Tank Patna, Ravinder Singh, son of Raghubur Singh, resident of Indrapuri Modinagar Ghaziabad up, Chanpati Devi, wife of Selanath Singh, resident of Danapur Sultanpur Patna Bihar, Rekha Devi, wife of Serga Satrudan Sharma, resident of Danapur Patna Bihar, Danesh Kumar, son of Bawami Kumar, resident of Rajasthan, Ganesh Das, son of Gupal Das, resident of Asam Goti, Vijay Chorara, son of Souriya Narayan, resident of Shersha Bihar, Rajit Kumar, son of Vijay Chorara, resident of Shersha Bihar, Vijay Dhar, son of Gopal Dhar, resident of Ghotayi Asam, Chetan Mishra, son of Rajinder Mishra, resident of Fareedabad Hariyana, Vipol Joshi, son of Dalep Joshi, resident of Indoor Madhya Pradesh, Gori Sharma, son of Fateh Chand Sharma, resident of Nagar Baratpur Rajasthan, Hari Om Sharma, son of Siyaram Sharma, resident of Sekri Tehsilnagar Baratpur Rajasthan.
The officials said that the injured yatris have been airlifted to Jammu Medical College.
Meanwhile, Governor N N Vohra visited the spot by helicopter to meet the injured yatris there.
Most of the pilgrims were from Bihar and Rajasthan, he said.
“The eleven injured were rushed to Srinagar hospital and those with minor injuries were admitted to district hospital Ramban,” he said adding that no pilgrim is missing.
Meanwhile, the next kin of Amarnath pilgrims killed in a bus accident in Jammu and Kashmir will receive a compensation of Rs 2 lakh and those seriously injured will get Rs 50,0000, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced later Sunday evening.
“PM announced ex gratia of Rs. 2 lakhs for next of kin of those killed & Rs. 50,000 for those seriously injured, in the bus accident in J&K (sic),” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) ordered an in-house inquiry into the road accident.
“An in-house inquiry committee has been constituted to look into the circumstances that led to this tragic accident involving an SRTC bus carrying the Amarnath yatris,” its Managing Director Mir Afroz Ahmad said in Srinagar.
He said the committee has been asked to submit its report within two days.

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