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16 Amarnath pilgrims die, 29 injured as bus plunges into gorge in Ramban
BANIHAL, Jul 16: Sixteen Amarnath pilgrims Sunday lost their lives and twenty-nine others sustained serious injuries when a bus, which was carrying them towards Amarnath shrine, plunged into nallah Bishleri on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway near Nachilana, about 10 kilometers from Banihal, in Ramban district.

Police reports said that the ill fated bus, registered with Jammu Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC), was a part of Amarnath pilgrims’ convoy and was on its way towards Kashmir when the mishap occurred.

“At around 2.00 PM, when the bus bearing registration number JK02Y 0594 reached near Nachilana about nine kilometers from Banihal, its driver lost his control over it (vehicle) and the vehicle skidded off the road and rolled down into nallah Bishleri,” police reports said.

Official reports said that the driver lost control over the vehicle following tyre-burst.

Two pilgrims, who sustained minor injuries, giving a first hand account of the tragic accident told media persons that before bus rolled down into gorge, it started skidding backwards. Yet before it could roll into the nallah, they both jumped out of the bus and thus survived the tragedy with minor injuries. They were discharged after given first aid from Banihal Emergency hospital.

Out of 47 pilgrims onboard when the mishap occurred, 12 died on spot while four more succumbed to their injuries while being shifted to Emergency hospital Banihal.

18 seriously injured pilgrims were air lifted to Government Medical College (GMC) hospital Jammu while 11 were referred to SKIMS Srinagar

As soon as the news of yatra bus accident spread, the army jawans from nearby 23 RR, 12 RR , SDPO Banihal and SHO with police parties, SSB personnel and local volunteers rushed to the spot and started rescue operation.

During rescue operation, 23 RR, 12 RR, SSB personnel with the help of local volunteers rescued 37 seriously injured persons from the accident site. However among them, four succumbed to their injuries during shifting to the hospital thus mounting the toll to 16.

The 90th and 40th battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were immediately deployed at the spot to prevent further untoward incidents thereafter. Apart from these, an Air Force chopper was deployed to airlift seriously injured pilgrims.

Local people pressed their private vehicles also for shifting injured yatris to the hospital.

Among 16 dead, only seven pilgrims could be were identified so far.

The deceased pilgrims were identified as Pawan Kumar son of Deena Nath Prasad resident of Chodrana Bihar, Rohit son of Shin Prasad resident of Patna Bihar, Sagar Kumar son of Pardeep Prasad resident of Gandhi Ghat Bihar, Daleep Kumar son of Deena Nath resident of Patna Bihar, Ram Karan Sharma son of Gajan Sahu resident of Konta Jaipur Rajasthan, Sulinder Singh son of Bal Krishan Singh resident of Berobin Rajasthan, Rajinder Yadav and Inder Kumar son of Dayal Ram resident of Sonipat Haryana. Remaining eight dead bodies were yet to be identified.

The injured were identified as Rajat Kumar son of Vijay Chaurasia resident of Simbali, Sheesh Pal son of Zamitram Singh resident of Rajasthan, Dheeraj Kumar son of Rajinder Kumar resident of Shankerpur Modi Nagar Gaziabad UP, Ravinder Singh son of Raghubir Singh resident of Indra Puri Gaziabad UP, Damesh Kumar son of Bhawani Kumar resident of Rajasthan, Vijay Kumar son of Surya Narayan resident of Bihar, Ganesh Dass son of Gopal Dass resident of Guwahati, Assam, Chanpati Devi wife of Mela Nath resident of Sultanpur Patna Bihar, Rekha Devi wife of Sarga Stradun resident of Patna Bihar, Satinder Kumar son of Radha Krishana resident of Gwalior, Sheesh Kumar son of Sat Pal resident of Haryana, Chander Parkash son of Kamal Sharma resident of Indore (MP), Devi Singh son of Durga Dass resident of Himachal Pradesh, Vipan Sharma son of Pawan Dass resident of Assam, Naresh Kumar son of Om Parkash resident of Karnal Haryana, Chetan Sharma son of Rajinder Kumar resident of Faridabad, Haryana, Vipul Joshi son of Daleep Joshi resident of Indore (MP), Pankaj Kumar, Hari Om Sharma son of Sewa Ram Sharma resident of Bharatpur Rajasthan, Gori Shanker son of Fateh Chand resident of Bharatpur, Rajasthan, Satish Tewari resident of MP and Dangar Dass son of Dewan Dass resident of Assam.

DDC Ramban Tariq Hussain Ganie SSP Ramban Mohan Lal also rushed to the spot to take stock of the rescue operation.

MINISTERS VISIT INJURED IN SKIMS, SOURA AND GMC JAMMU: Later this evening the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh visited SKIMS Soura to enquire about the health of Yatris injured in a tragic bus accident near Ramsoo on Jammu-Srinagar highway.

Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat, Minister for Education, Syed Altaf Bukhari and Minister of State for Health, Aseia Naqash also visited SKIMS to enquire about the condition of injured Yatris.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmed Khan, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmed Lone and other concerned senior officers accompanied the ministers to SKIMS.

Deputy Chief Minister and the ministers were briefed by the doctors attending to the injured about their health condition and the treatment being provided to them.

The ministers asked directed hospital administration to extend best-possible treatment to those injured in the accident and provide specialized treatment to those injured seriously.

The minister assured all possible support to the injured from the state government.

Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) and Information Choudhary Zulfikar Ali and the Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Lal Choudhary visited Government Medical College Hospital Jammu to enquire about the condition of Amarnathji yatris injured in today’s tragic bus accident, near Nachinala in Ramban district.

Vice Chairman, State Advisory Board for the Welfare, Development of Scheduled Castes, Bhushan Lal Dogra, MLC Romesh Arora, Divisional Commissioner Jammu MK Bhandari, Deputy Commissioner Jammu Kumar Rajeev Ranjan besides other senior officers of police and district administration accompanied Zulfikar during his visit to the hospital.

Both the ministers visited emergency wards of the hospital, interacted with the injured and assessed the medicare being provided to them. They wished the injured early recovery.

They asked the doctors to ensure that the accident victims get all requisite diagnostic and treatment facilities in a hassle free and comfortable manner. They further directed hospital authorities to provide free of cost medical facilities to the injured yatris.

They were also briefed by a team of doctors about the treatment being provided to the injured undergoing treatment.

The ministers assured all possible support and financial assistance to the injured from the state government.

They conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved families of those who died in the mishap. He prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls.

In the meanwhile, National Conference leaders led by Devender Singh Rana, provincial president also visited the Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu to enquire about the condition of Yatris, injured in road accident.

The party leaders also interacted with the doctors to know about the status of injured and offered logistic support in terms of blood donation by the National Conference volunteers. They urged the government to provide specialized treatment to all those injured and wished them speedy recovery.

Rattan Lal Gupta, Kashmira Singh, Babu Rampal, Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, Dharamveer Singh Jamwal, Abdul Gani Teli, Vijay Lochan, Rohit Bali accompanied Rana besides others.

News Updated at : Monday, July 17, 2017
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