SRINAGAR: At least eleven persons were killed in a tragic road accident at Sadhna Top in Tanghdar sector of Kupwara district on Tuesday evening.
A police official said that a passenger vehicle (Sumo) JK013-7383 was on way to Karnah from Kupwara when it skidded off the road at Stage-II Sadhna Top and rolled down into a deep gorge.
In the mishap, eleven persons including four of a family died instantly, he said.
The police have launched a rescue operation to recover the bodies.
DIG of police North Kashmir, Gareeb Das said that the vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge. The incident occurred at around 7.30 pm today. The Tata Sumo vehicle fell into the around 300 feet gorge, he said. We have recovered ten bodies so far and the rescue operation is on. The police said that eleven passengers were traveling in the vehicle. All the deceased passengers were residents of Karnah.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has expressed grief over the death of 11 persons, including three women and a child, in a sumo accident, near Sadhna Top.
In his condolence message, the Chief Minister conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved families in their hour of grief and prayed for peace to the departed souls.
Tunnel A Necessity
Residents of Tanghdar town, 80 kms away from Kupwara, have been demanding construction of a tunnel near high-altitude Sadhna Pass on the Kupwara-Tanghdar road to prevent road accidents.
Road passing through area is accident-prone near Sadhna Pass, Khooni Nallah, Dub and Dhana. The construction of a concrete tunnel near Sadhna Pass on the pattern of the Banihal tunnel is necessary to curb the rising number of mishaps and to keep the road open for traffic throughout the year.
At present, commuting on the road is risky near the Khooni Nallah and some other places that are about 11,000 feet above the sea level, said Ishfaq Sayeed, a resident of Tanghdar.
Most of the accidents on the link road connecting Tanghdar with Kupwara have occurred near Sadhna Pass and the Khooni Nallah.
At least, eight people were killed and a few others sustained injuries in a tragic road accident on the Kupwara-Tanghdar road in October 2013 when an overloaded Sumo skidded off the road and fell into the nallah. Two persons were buried under snow following a avalanche on March 8 near the Khooni Nallah.
The residents also have a demand that the vehicular moment be allowed from Tanghdar to Kupwara in the morning and from the opposite direction in the evening when there are less chances of a landslides during rainy days.
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