11 killed after vehicle plunges in deep gorge at Kishtwar
Jammu, Aug 21: Twelve people were killed in Kishtwar after a vehicle, on the way to Machail yatra pilgrimage, fell into the Chenab in the Dool area, media reports said on Tuesday.
The only survivor is a five-year-old baby who has been shifted to a hospital. Kishtwar SSP along with a team of police officers have reached the spot on Padder road.
Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid tweeted about the incident confirming the death of 12 pilgrims and survival of the child, Kashmir Observer reported.
This is the second accident in Kishtwar in two days. On Monday, five people were killed and nine others injured when a landslide struck a hilly road in this district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
The incident took place at Kulligad when huge boulders and debris suddenly came down from a hillock, trapping a mini-bus and a car plying on the Doda-Kishtwar road, Senior Superintendent of Police Rajinder Kumar Gupta said.
He said four persons were killed on the spot, while another succumbed to injuries in hospital. The dead included a woman, Gupta said, adding that nine other passengers were rescued and rushed to different hospitals. Two of the pilgrims were on their way to Machail mata temple.
Governor N.N. Vohra has expressed grief over the loss of lives in a tragic accident in which a vehicle carrying Machail Yatra pilgrims rolled down into Chenab river in Kishtwar district. Conveying his sincere sympathy to the next of kin of the deceased passengers he has wished speedy recovery to those injured in the accident. Governor has issued directions to the Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar to ensure immediate medical treatment to the injured.
Governor, who has repeatedly expressed concern over recurring road accidents, has today directed Divisional Commissioners Kashmir and Jammu to ensure that the Deputy Commissioners hold immediate meetings of the District Road Safety Committees and he shall chair a meeting this Saturday to review causes of recurring fatal accidents.