1 killed, 1 injured as shooting stone hits car on highway

One person was killed and another injured when their vehicle was hit by a shooting stone near Marog area in Ramban district on the 270 kilometre Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on Saturday.

Police officials said a shooting stone hit a Creta car bearing number (JK01AA-9863) which was on its way to Jammu from Srinagar. Officials identified the deceased as Waseem Azad son of Meraj Din of Munawarabad, KhayamChowk Srinagar. The injured has been identified as Manzoor Azad son of Ali Muhammad of Munawarabad, KhayamChowk Srinagar.

Shooting stones hit vehicle, 3 injured

Three persons were injured when the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by shooting stones at KhooniNallah in Ramban district on Saturday.

Police said a shooting stone hit a Tavera vehicle (No. JK02AF 0157) resulting in injuries to the driver and two other passengers. Police identified the injured as driver Gulzar Ahmad of Shopian. Muzammil Shaikh and Sayar Ahmad Shaikh, both residents of Bihar.

No fresh traffic on highway on Sunday:

Landslides and shooting stones disrupted movement of traffic on Srinagar- Jammu National Highway on Saturday leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded. Senior Traffic Police officials told Greater Kashmir that no fresh vehicular movement on the highway will be allowed on Sunday.

“In view of the shooting stones and landslides at various places between Ramban and Banihal, clearance is going on. Subject to fair weather and clearance of road, only stranded vehicles will be allowed towards Srinagar,” said a travel advisory issued by Traffic police department.

Speaking with Greater Kashmir, Jatinder Singh Johar, SSP Traffic (Highway) said more than 2000 vehicles are stuck at different places on the highway. Johar said the landslides at Ramban, Chenani, Moumpasi have caused stoppage of vehicles which would be cleared soon.

“Men and machinery are on the job to clear the highway. Landslides and shooting stones are compounding the problems and hampering clearance work,” Johar said.

The highway has remained closed for several days during this month due to inclement weather causing hardships to travellers and choking of supplies to the Valley. Landslides and shooting stones have occurred right since November this winter causing frequent closure of the highway.

Weather likely to remain dry till March 11:

While sun was out on Saturday after three days of rains, the Meteorological Department has predicted weather across Kashmir to remain dry till March 11.

Director MeT, Sonam Lotus, told Greater Kashmir that a light intensity wet spell including rains in plains and light snowfall in upper reaches is expected between March 12-14. Lotus said this is due to a Western Disturbance which is likely to hit the region around March 12 and cause a change in weather.

(With inputs from Muhammad Taskeen in Banihal)