Today's Newspaper

16 Amarnath yatris die as bus falls into gorge

| | Jammu
16 Amarnath yatris die  as bus falls into gorge

At least 16 Amarnath bound pilgrims were killed and 29 others received serious injuries as the bus in which they were travelling veered off the hilly road on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and plunged into a gorge near Nachilana in Banihal of Ramban district of Jammu division on Sunday around 1.45 pm.

According to police, the driver of the State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) bus, bearing registration number JK02Y-0594, lost control over the wheels after one of the front tyres burst pushing the bus deep into a gorge.

“Eleven Amarnath  pilgrims died on the spot while five other succumbed to injuries in Banihal District Hospital”, the police spokesman added.

IAF pressed a chopper to ferry 18 seriously injured pilgrims to Jammu Medical College Hospital. 11 others were rushed to Srinagar for medical treatment, said the police spokesman.

Chairman of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board and J&K Governor NN Vohra visited the accident site along with the Chief Secretary and the DGP of State police to take stock of the rescue operations.

Vohra has directed the State administration to ensure that no bus from the corporation is deployed without fitness certification.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti have expressed shock over bus tragedy.

“Extremely pained by the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatris due to a bus accident in J&K. My thoughts are with families of the deceased,” Modi tweeted.

Out of 16 deceased pilgrims only 7 have been identified. Four pilgrims hailed from Bihar, two from Rajasthan and the driver of bus belonged to Jammu. 29 injured pilgrims hail from Rajasthan, Assam, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, the police spokesman said.

The Prime Minister has announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of the Amarnath pilgrims killed in the accident and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured.

The Shri Amarnath Shrine Board announced a compensation of  Rs 3 lakh to the next of kin of the those killed and  Rs 1 lakh each to the injured.



Sunday Edition

View All

Quake measuring 3.7 on Richter scale felt in south Gujarat

22 Apr 2018 | PTI | Ahmedabad

A mild tremor measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale was felt in parts of south Gujarat, including Bharuch and Surat districts, though no damage was reported, officials said...

Read More


View All

Shelter homes for passengers soon at Khadgada terminal

26 Apr 2018 | ADREESH BHATTACHARYA | Ranchi

The Birsa Munda Bus Terminal at Khadgada from which numerous long route buses, including daily services to Delhi, Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata, operate will soon get shelter homes for the ease of passengers boarding and getting off in the wee hours. The Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) has elaborate plans to make the inter-state bus terminal even more passengers centric so that this state of the art bus terminal can operate on...

Read More

Page generated in 0.2308 seconds.