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36 killed, 19 injured as bus falls into gorge, PM Modi announces Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia next to kin of deceased

Rescue operation underway after a bus carrying passengers fell right into a gorge, in Doda district of Jammu & Kashmir. (Picture: PTI)

No less than 36 folks have been killed and 19 injured in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district on Wednesday after a bus carrying passengers skidded off the street and rolled down right into a 300-foot gorge.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union House Minister Amit Shah expressed grief over the incident.

“The bus accident in Doda, Jammu and Kashmir is distressing. My condolences to the families who have lost their near and dear ones. I pray that the injured recover at the earliest,” Modi stated on X.

He introduced that an ex-gratia quantity of Rs 2 lakh every can be given to the following of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 every can be given to the injured from the from the Prime Minister’s Nationwide Aid Fund (PMNRF).

The bus bearing registration quantity JK02CN-6555 was reportedly carrying round 40 passengers, the officers stated, including that it skidded off the street close to Trungal-Assar on the Batote-Kishtwar nationwide freeway and fell 300 toes downhill.

A rescue operation has been launched and a few our bodies have been retrieved, they stated.

“Saddened to share the update from DC #Doda Sh Harvinder Singh from the spot of the accident. Unfortunately, 36 persons have died and 19 injured, out of whom 6 injured are serious. The injured are being shifted to GMC Doda and GMC #Jammu as per requirement. All possible help being provided. Sincere condolences to the bereaved families,” Union minister Jitendra Singh, who’s the member of Parliament from Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag, stated.

“Deeply anguished to learn about the loss of precious lives due to a tragic bus accident at Doda, Jammu and Kashmir. The local administration is conducting the rescue operation in the gorge where the bus had the accident. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured,” Shah stated on X.

“Extremely pained by the loss of lives in a tragic bus accident in Assar, Doda. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families and wishing for a speedy recovery of those injured in the accident. Directed Div Com and Dist Admin to provide all necessary assistance to affected persons,” Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha stated on the microblogging web site.

Because of the fall from a substantial peak, the bus has acquired badly broken, sources stated.

Police and State Catastrophe Response Power (SDRF) personnel, moreover locals, are concerned within the rescue operation, they stated, including that a number of the injured passengers have been shifted to hospitals.

With PTI inputs.



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