10 killed, 4 hurt in Reasi accident

Vehicle Plunges Into 500-Feet Deep Gorge


Reasi, Dec 18: At least 10 persons, mostly youth, were killed and four others critically injured in a road accident on Reasi-Mahore road in Jammu division Tuesday morning, police said.
They said that the Tempo Traveller was on way from Angrala to Reasi when it met with the mishap at around 9:30 AM near Malai Nallah.
The vehicle plunged into 500-feet deep gorge killing ten persons on the spot. The deceased persons have been identified as Abdul Rashid resident of Poonch, Guloo son of Fazal resident of Batoi, Sabeer Ahmed son of Nazeer Ahmed resident of Sabrat, Nizam Ahmed son of Muhammad Hussain resident of Sabrat, Muhammad Afzal son of Gulam Qadeer resident of Tuksan, Chain Singh son of Baldev Singh resident of Batoi, Nazir Ahmed son of Guloo resident of Jamlan, Abdul Rashid son of Gulam Qadeer resident of Badar, Chand Hussain son of Nazir Hussain resident of Jamlan and Fernal Singh, a soldier of Territorial Army and resident of Sarh.
Locals told Greater Kashmir over phone that the gorge was so deep that it took around an hour for the rescuers to reach near the wreckage of the vehicle.
“Reports of the mishap spread in the area like wild fire and hundreds of people rushed to the spot to carry out the rescue operation with the assistance of army and police”, they said.
Four persons were injured in the mishap who were later airlifted to Government Medical College and Hospital Jammu. They were identified as Sultan Ahmed son of Hajjan resident of Arnas, Majeed Ahmed son of Basid Ahmed resident of Sitapur, Nazir Ahmed son of Abdul Gani resident of Arnas and Gulam Rashid son of Muhammad Ibrahim resident of Malas.
Locals believe that the mishap was the result of break-failure of the vehicle but police said it was still investigating the matter.
This is the second major road mishap in the Jammu region during last three days. Earlier around 8 persons lost their lives in a similar mishap in Bhaderwah area.
Governor NN Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Minister for Higher Education Abdul Gani Malik have expressed grief over the loss of life in the tragic mishap.
In a message, the Governor conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also expressed deep grief over the loss of lives and conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved families.
Expressing concern over the frequent road accidents taking place in Chenab Valley region, Omar Abdullah directed the Transport and Traffic Departments and district administrations to review the scenario jointly and work out strategy to curb these accidents and help save human lives.
Patron of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and president of the party Mehbooba Mufti have also expressed their deep grief over the loss of lives.
The Minister for Transport and Consumer Affairs, Qamar Ali Akhoon, and Minister for Higher Education, Abdul Gani Malik, visited the accident site and supervised the rescue operation.
The Transport Minister announced a relief of Rs 25,000 each to the next of the kin of the deceased and Rs 10, 000 each to the seriously injured out of Passenger Welfare Scheme.
Chairman Legislative Council Amrit Mahlotra, Minister of State for Power Shabir Ahmed Khan, MLA Kishtwar Sajad Ahmed Kichloo and MLA Doda Abdul Majeed Wani have also expressed grief over the loss of human lives in the mishap.
As per the directions of Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, a cash relief amounting to Rs 1, 20,000 is being disbursed to the next of kin of dead and injured persons.
According to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Reasi, S. Rajinder Singh Tara, Chief Medical Officer Reasi, who is also the Treasurer of District Red Cross Society, has been instructed to release Rs 1,20,000 from District Red Cross Fund and keep the same amount at the disposal of Sub Divisional Magistrate, Mahore for further disbursement.
The next of kin of dead would receive Rs10, 000 each and Rs 5,000 has been kept for each injured person.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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