Jammu and Kashmir news: 21 killed, 40 injured as bus carrying pilgrims from Kurukshetra falls into gorge

  • The accident took place at Tangli Morh in the Choki Chora belt of Jammu. According to officials, the bus skidded off the highway and rolled 150 feet into the gorge.

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Updated30 May 2024
Akhnoor: Rescue work is underway at the accident site. A bus fell off the Jammu-Rajouri highway into a gorge near the Choki Chora area of Akhnoor, on Thursday, May 30.
Akhnoor: Rescue work is underway at the accident site. A bus fell off the Jammu-Rajouri highway into a gorge near the Choki Chora area of Akhnoor, on Thursday, May 30.(PTI)

Akhnoor bus accident: As many as 21 people died and 40 injured after a bus carrying pilgrims skidded off the road and rolled down into a gorge in Jammu district on Thursday. Rescue operations are still underway, the Jammu and Kashmir Police have informed. 

The accident took place at Tangli Morh in the Choki Chora belt of the district, the police said, adding that the bus rolled around 150 feet into the gorge.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences for the twenty people who lost their lives in the bus accident. “Anguished by the loss of lives due to a bus mishap in Akhnoor. My thoughts are with those who have lost their loved ones. I pray that the injured recover soon.” the PMO's X account posted. 

The Prime Minister's Office also announced an ex-gratia of 5 Lakh to be given to the next of kin of each deceased and 50,000 for those injured in the tragic bus accident in Akhnoor, Jammu.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday took to microblogging site X to post his condolences for the pilgrims who died, “The bus accident in Akhnoor, Jammu is heart-rending. I condole the loss of lives and pray to the almighty to give the bereaved families the strength to bear the irreparable loss. Praying for the speedy recovery of the injured.”

The vehicle was carrying pilgrims from the Kurukshetra area of Haryana to the Shiv Khori area in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district.

Earlier, officials said the accident had taken place in Rajouri district.

A rescue operation involving police and locals has been launched and the injured have been shifted to a hospital in Akhnoor and Government Medical College (GMC) hospital in Jammu, the officials said.

Jammu and Kashmir Pilgrimage

At least 17 vulnerable points have been identified for urgent repairs along the strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway to ensure smooth flow of traffic, with focus on the upcoming Amarnath Yatra, a senior official said on Wednesday.

A high-level team of officers on Tuesday inspected the 270-km national highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, to identify the bottlenecks hampering traffic movement amid the ongoing four-laning project.

The 52-day annual pilgrimage to the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas is scheduled to start on June 29 and conclude on August 19.

(With agency inputs)

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