Modi, Rajnath, CM, Vohra, ors express grief

BK News Desk/Srinagar
July 17, 2017 TOP STORIES 187 Views
Modi, Rajnath, CM, Vohra, ors express grief

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday expressed pain at the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatris due to a bus accident in Jammu and Kashmir.
“My thoughts are with the families of the deceased,” he said in a tweet.
“I pray that those injured in the bus accident in Jammu and Kashmir recover soon,” Mr Modi said.
According to initial reports, at least 16 people are feared killed in the mishap. 35 people were injured, reports said.
The bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims fell into a gorge along the highway this afternoon.
The accident took place in Ramban along the highway. The bus, part of the official Amarnath Yatra convoy, had skidded off the road.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on the road mishap that killed Amarnath pilgrims.
“My heart goes out to the families of Amarnath Yatris who lost their loved ones in the bus accident. My prayers are with the injured,” the Home Minister said in a tweet.
He said the Chief Minister has “apprised” him of the ongoing rescue operations. “The injured Amarnath Yatris are being airlifted for treatment in Jammu,” Singh wrote in a micro blogging site.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has expressed deep shock and immense grief over the death of Amarnath Yatris in a tragic road accident near Ramsoo on Jammu-Srinagar highway today.
The Chief Minister has conveyed her heart-felt sympathies to the bereaved families in their hour of grief and has prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls. She also wished speedy recovery to those injured in the accident.
The Chief Minister asked the Divisional administration Jammu and the District Administration Ramban to intensify the rescue operations at the spot and ensure best possible treatment to the injured Yatris. She has ordered immediate airlifting of the seriously injured pilgrims for treatment to save their lives.
The Chief Minister has directed the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu to immediately release the ex gratia amount in favor of the next of kin of the deceased.
Mehbooba Mufti has also directed the Jammu Divisional administration to make arrangements for sending the bodies of the dead Yatris back to their homes immediately.
The Chief Minister has hailed the locals of the area, the army, the security forces, police and the civil administration for rushing to the accident spot and launching the rescue operation to save as many lives possible.
Meanwhile, on learning about the unfortunate accident in Nachilana area of Banihal in Ramban district of a Pahalgam bound bus, which was carrying Shri Amarnathji Yatra pilgrims, Governor N.N. Vohra, Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, immediately flew to Banihal along with Sh. B.B. Vyas, Chief Secretary; Sh. S.P. Vaid, DGP; and Sh. Umang Narula, Chief Executive Officer of the Board, to see to the rescue operations being carried out by the District Administration Ramban with the help of Indian Air Force. As per the Governor’s earlier directions to the Chief Secretary, the seriously injured pilgrims were got evacuated to Jammu through IAF Helicopters. Governor saw the critically injured Yatris who were airlifted in a M17 helicopter after he arrived at Banihal. He met the doctors and enquired about the medical treatment given to the Yatris before they were airlifted in his presence.
Governor also visited the Banihal Sub-District Hospital where, after discussion with the Chief Secretary and the attending doctors, he directed that the bodies of the 16 dead pilgrims be transported to Jammu from where after embalming and other formalities the dead bodies would be sent by the civil airlines to the home towns of the dead.
Governor drove to the site of the accident where this unfortunate accident took place. Appreciating the prompt relief provided by a local NGO, “Youth Against Evils, Banihal”, who rescued the injured pilgrims, in co-ordination with the District Administration, Governor sanctioned an amount of Rs. 5 lakh for this NGO, for strengthening their humanitarian endeavours.
Governor expressed his deep grief over this unfortunate incident and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families of those killed in the incident. On behalf of the Shrine Board he announced relief of Rs. 3 lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the incident and; Rs.1 lakh each to those who had suffered injuries.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC) president Dr Farooq Abdullah and working president Omar Abdullah have expressed grief and shock over the death and injuries of Amarnath yatris in a road accident on Srinagar-Jammu national highway today.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter the NC said “Dr. Farooq, @AbdullahOmar express grief and shock over the tragic accident of a bus carrying Amarnath Yatris near Ramban.
Sixteen pilgrims were killed and 28 others were injured, some of them critically when a J&K State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) bus on way to Kashmir from Jammu fell into a deep gorge in Ramban district on the highway at this afternoon.
Meanwhile, for any queries and information regarding the injured persons in the road accident of Amarnath yatra vehicle at National Highway Banihal, please contact SDPO Zadibal on 9419000200, SHO Soura on 9596770587, SHO Karan Nagar on 9596770527 or Police Control Room Kashmir on 0194-2506504-07.
Jammu Helpline numbers for the information regarding the injured persons are GMC Bakshi Nagar Jammu 0191-2532000, 2560401, GMC Jammu 2585444, D.C. Jammu 2571912, SHO Bakshi Nagar 9419151378, SDPO 9622222449.
As has been reported that a vehicle bearing registration number JK02Y-0594 met with an accident at Banihal in which 16 pilgrims died and 27 were injured. The injured have been referred to SKIMS and SMHS hospital for further treatment.

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