Udhampur, July 12: At least thirteen Amarnath Yatris were injured in a road accident at Udhampur in Jammu region on Thursday morning.
Reports said that a vehicle (tempo traveller bearing registration number JK 14B 7259), hit a roadside parked truck near Birma Bridge along Srinagar – Jammu highway in Udhampur resulting in injuries to thirteen passengers.
All the injured were taken to hospital where condition of two among the injured are said to be critical, they said.
The mishap occurred when the tempo carrying the pilgrims was heading towards Kashmir.
The injured Yatris have been identified as Gourav Yadav, 20, son of Rajesh Yadav of Orcha Gate, Jhansi , UP, Narender Kumar Tiwari, 28, son of Babu Lal Tiwari of Unnao Gate , Jhansi UP, Manju Sahu, 46, wife of Khem Raj Sahu of Dabrah, Gwalior, MP, Khem Raj Sahu, 47, son of Prabhu Dayal of Dabrah, Gwalior, MP, Pooja Sahu, 23, daughter of Khem Raj Sahu of Dabrah, Gwalior, Basant Lal, 47, son of Brij Lal of Khushipura, Jhansi UP, Pawan Sahu, 39, son of Ramesh Sahu of Jhansi, near pandit Vasudev Degree College PS Kotwali, Abhishek Sahu, 35, son of Munna Lal of Unnao Gate, Purani Rajai, Jhansi UP, Manoj Yadav, 30, son of Yashrath Yadav of Khodan, Jhansi UP, Rupe Khare, 40, son of Jagdiah Parsad of Bhatta Gaon, Jhasni, Aman Raja, 20, Pritam of Lal Kurti, Jhansi UP, Sanjay Kumar, 41, son of Kanta Parsad of Bhatta Gaon, Masjid wali gali, ward no. 3 Jhansi UP and Murli Sahu, 39, son of Ram gopal Sahu of Mewatipura inside Unnao Gate Jhansi UP.
A police officer also confirmed the incident , injuries and said that the driver of the tempo fled from the spot soon after the mishap.
“A case under relevant sections of law has been registered and further investigation taken up in this regard,” the officer said.
Governor announces Rs 3 lakh ex-gratia
SRINAGAR, JULY 12: Governor N.N. Vohra, Chairman of the Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), announced ex-gratia relief of Rs. 3.00 lakh each to the next of kin of 5 Yatris who died due to shooting stones on Baltal-Holy Cave route and 3 cases of deaths in road accidents. This was announced during a review meeting held with Shri Umang Narula, CEO of the Shrine Board today.
CEO informed Chairman that during 28th June – 11th July, 2018, 20 Yatris had died enroute to Holy Cave. In addition, 2 Service Providers also died, thereby raising the death toll to 22. Out of 22 persons, 14 persons died due to medical reasons and 8 pilgrims died in accidents at different locations. The mortal remains of 17 deceased Yatris and 1 Service Provider were transported by air to nearest to their homes airports in Bihar, West Bengal, Hyderabad, Gujarat and New Delhi. The bodies of 3 deceased Yatris and 1 Service Provider were transported by road to their native places. The Board has also borne the cost of travel of one person who will escort the mortal remains of the deceased pilgrim to his/her home town. As on 11th July, 2018 the Board had paid Rs. 24 lakh as ex-gratia and spent About Rs 5 lakh on account of transportation cost of the mortal remains of deceased Yatris to their home towns along with one attendant.
Expressing grief over the unfortunate deaths of the pilgrims, the Governor conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families and issued instructions to CEO to provide immediate relief of Rs. 3.00 lakh in favour of the next of kin every Yatri who died in an accident.
Injured Yatris who require specialized treatment are being provided necessary care at Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, Srinagar; the cost of such treatment is borne by the Shrine Board. As on 12th July 2018, 69 Yatris had been admitted to SKIMS out of whom 58 have been discharged and the rest are still under treatment.
On the 15th day of the ongoing pilgrimage, Yatra Convoy moved smoothly from Bhagwati Nagar Base Camp Jammu towards the Nunwan and Baltal Base Camps, carrying 3419 Yatris. Nearly 9480 Yatris proceeded towards the Shrine on both Pahalgam and Baltal routes. 18442 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave today taking the total to 1,51,923 Yatris who have performed darshan of the Holy Shivling so far.
JK Govt yet to get intimation on ECI teams visit
Srinagar, Jan 23: Jammu and Kashmir government is yet to get a formal intimation from the Election Commission of India of a proposed visit of a commission’s team for on spot assessment of the situation for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state.
Official sources privy to developments on the conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state told that neither the government nor the office of Chief Electoral officer has got a formal intimation from the election commission of India on the visit of a team of the commission expected to make an on spot assessment of the situation before the commission takes a call on the simultaneous conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state or the holding of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections separately.
A top government official on conditions of anonymity told, “We are yet to get both the government and the office of the chief electoral officer is yet to get any intimation on the proposed visit of a team of the election commission of India for on spot assessment of the situation before a final decision on simultaneous or separate conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.
However may be we get a call from the election commission of India on the proposed visit of its team even on January 27 as speculated in some media reports.”
Earlier, there were reports that a team of the Election Commission will soon visit Jammu and Kashmir to review the situation with political leaders and other stakeholders on polls in the state.
“A team of Election Commission will visit the state soon to have a review of situation with political leaders and other stakeholders for holding the elections,” state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shailendra Kumar had said.
On the issue of holding of simultaneous polls, the CEO informed that his office had already taken necessary steps for holding the elections, but decision lies with the Election Commission, who would take a final call at an appropriate time after taking all aspects into consideration.
Injured Habba Kadal youth responding to treatment
Srinagar, Jan 23: The youth from Srinagar’s Habba Kadal area, who was critically injured after CRPF personnel allegedly hurled a stone at him on Tuesday, is responding to the treatment, doctors at SK Institute of Medical Sciences told The Kashmir Monitor.
Mohammad Younis, who, as per his family, had gone to fetch vegetables, suffered a skull fracture after a stone hit him during clashes in Habba Kadal.
Initially, he was taken to SMHS hospital but the doctors referred him to SKIMS as he was stated to be critical.
Medical Superintendent (MS), SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan said that Younis is being treated in the surgical observation unit of the hospital.
“Patient is okay. As of now, there is no need to worry. We are closely monitoring him,” he said.
The CRPF spokesman had claimed the youth “slipped and fell down while being chased”.
Weatherman predicts week-long dry spell in Valley
Srinagar, Jan 23: After three-day long wet spell across Kashmir, the weather on Wednesday showed improvement with local meteorological department forecasting dry weather till January 29.
The three-day-long wet spell ended across the Valley today. The MeT department had predicted improvement in the weather conditions from Tuesday evening.
The local Meteorological department told that there is no forecast of rain or snowfall across the Valley till January 29 here, saying that the weather would remain cloudy on Jan 25.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan has issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division on Wednesday.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh of J&K state.
As per a hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has asked the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DCs to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.