16 Amarnath pilgrims killed as bus falls into gorge in J&K’s Ramban district

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 16 Amarnath pilgrims were killed and several others injured after a bus they were travelling on met with an accident on Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
  • The bus rolled down into a gorge near an Army camp in Nachilana area of Banihal in Ramban district, a police official said.
  • 19 injured are being airlifted to Jammu for specialised treatment.

NEW DELHI: At least 16 Amarnath pilgrims were killed and over 30 injured when a bus skidded off the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and rolled down into a deep gorge in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, officials said.

“The bus, bearing registration number JK02Y 0594, was heading towards Srinagar when it rolled down into a gorge near an Army camp in Nachilana area of Banihal in Ramban district,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Ramban, Mohan Lal said, adding, “injured were shifted to a local hospital for treatment.”

He also said that nineteen injured are being airlifted to Jammu for specialised treatment.

Eight pilgrims, he said, have sustained minor injuries.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Jammu and Kashmir 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,” PM Modi twitted.

“Mehboobaji has apprised me of the ongoing rescue operations. The injured Amarnath Yatris are being airlifted for treatment in Jammu,” Rajnath Singh said after talking to Mehbooba Mufti regarding bus tragedy.

 Jammu and Kashmir government also issued helpline numbers (0191-2560401, 0191-2542000) to enquire about Amarnath Yatris travelling in the ill-fated bus that met with accident in Ramban today.

 The tragedy comes days after eight Amarnath yatris were killed+ and dozens wounded after terrorists opened fire on their bus in Anantnag district.

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