SRINAGAR A woman was six passengers killed and over thirty other persons were injured after a vehicle they were traveling in met with an accident in Udhampur district late Friday.
Reports said that the Srinagar-bound bus ( JK02BR-5503) skidded off near Chaner area of Majalta last night.
A police officer said that the driver of the bus took a shortcut route at around 1:30 am to dodge the traffic police in view of the restrictions on the Srinagar-Jammu highway during night hours. The strategic thoroughfare remained also closed intermittently since last 7 days due to shooting stones and landslides.
The officer said that measures have been taken to prevent the erring drivers from taking these interior routes which are hazardous for their lives.
He said that a case under relevant sections of law has been registered and further investigations were taken up.
Deputy Commissioner Udhampur Dr Piyush Singla said that five persons including a woman died on the spot while as 31 others were injured.
Immediately a rescue operation was launched by teams of revenue, Civil defence and police, the DC said, adding that 32 injured persons were shifted for treatment to GMC Jammu, where one of them succumbed later.
A team of officials from the district headed by Tehsildar rushed to GMC for assisting injured patients and coordinating with authorities there, DC said.
The Deputy Commissioner identified the four of the deceased as Mohammad Iqbal Barqat (51) son of Mishri Barkat of Mastpura Shopian, Manzoor Ahmad (60) son of Mohd Sarwar of Nowpura Shopian, Javed Ahmad (32) son of Abdul Raheem of Kawsa Jagir Budgam, Farooq Ahmed son of Nazir Ahmad of Gang Janghir Bandipura.
The DC said that soon after the thoroughfare reopens for traffic, the bodies which are lying presently at the district hospital will be sent to their respective native villages.
Meanwhile, Governor, Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief over the loss of innocent lives in a road accident near Majalta in Udhampur district.
In a condolence message, the Governor has conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls.
The Governor directed the administration to provide best medical treatment to the injured in the accident and wished a speedy recovery to them.
The Governor announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of the kin of the deceased and Rs 20,000 each to those injured in the accident.