16 Amarnath pilgrims killed as bus falls into gorge; PM expresses grief over the incident

In Jammu & Kashmir, 16 Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 19 others injured after a vehicle they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into a gorge on Jammu Srinagar national highway in Ramban district on Sunday.

A senior police spokesman told AIR that 19 injured were being airlifted for specialized treatment while 8 others have sustained minor injuries.

Security officials said that a bus carrying yatris was heading towards Srinagar for Amarnath cave when it met with an accident after a tyre burst near Army Camp Nachilana under police station Banihal on the highway.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief on the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatris due to a bus accident in Jammu and Kashmir. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, his thoughts are with the families of the deceased. He also prayed that those injured in the bus accident recover soon.

Mr Modi has announced ex gratia of 2 lakhs rupees for next of kin of those killed in the bus accident in Jammu and Kashmir. He also announced 50 thousand rupees for those seriously injured.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also expressed grief on the loss of life of Amarnath yatris in Ramban Bus accident. In a tweet, Mr Singh said, his heart goes out to the families of Amarnath Yatris who lost their loved ones in the bus accident.

He also prayed are with the injured. Mr Singh spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on the bus accident. Ms Mufti apprised Mr Singh of the ongoing rescue operations. The injured Amarnath Yatris were airlifted for treatment in Jammu.

Mehbooba Mufti has expressed grief over the death of 16 Amarnath Yatris in a tragic road accident and conveyed her heart-felt sympathies to the bereaved families. Chief Minister has directed the Divisional Commissioner Jammu to immediately release the ex gratia amount in favor of the next of kin of the deceased and also make arrangements for sending the bodies of the dead Yatris back to their homes immediately. Meanwhile, top separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani has also expressed sorrow over the death of Amarnath pilgrims and also expressed solidarity with the bereaved families.