5 Of A Family Killed In Doda Accident

Srinagar: Five members of a family were killed while a minor girl escaped miraculously after a vehicle they were travelling in met with an accident at Ragi Nallah in Doda district of Jammu division.

Officials said that an accident took place when a vehicle (Ecco) plying on Doda-Batote stretch of Chenab Valley plunged into a roadside gorge at Ragi Nallah near Assar in Doda district.

They said the driver has lost control over the vehicle and fell into a deep gorge, resulting in on spot death of five members of a family.

Officials identified the deceased as Bhaag Devi, wife of Girdhari Lal, Rakesh Kumar, son of Datta Ram, Ajit Singh, son of Dhyan Singh, his wife Chander Rekha and son Ishan Singh.

Police said that during initial investigation, it came to the fore that a total of six persons were travelling in the vehicle and five bodies were found lying at the gorge.

“We launched a rescue operation at the accident site during which three-year-old Anaya, daughter of deceased Ajit Singh was found lying nearby who escaped miraculously in this tragic accident,” the officials informed.

The minor girl is having minor injuries but is stable and out of danger, they said, adding that she has been shifted to Doda district hospital for treatment.

Doda Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mumtaz Ahmed said the accident occurred around 7.10 pm near Raggi Nallah, 20 km from Doda town.

"The private vehicle, bearing a temporary registration number valid till March 4, was on way from Doda to Batote when its driver lost control and fell into the deep gorge," the SSP told PTI.

The police official said the rescue operation is still on.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Doda Dr. Sagar D Doifode said that five persons got killed in the accident and one minor girl got injured—(With KNO inputs)

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