Six persons were killed and another injured when an auto-rickshaw they were travelling in met with an accident in UjhanDhandkote village in Darhal area of Rajouri district on Sunday, officials said.
The auto-rickshaw (JK11C 1486), which was on way from Rajouri town to SabziDarhal and carrying seven persons, fell into a 300-metre-deep gorge at UjhanDhandkote at around 1 am, an official said.
Four of the seven injured persons died on the spot, while three were rushed to district hospital Rajouri, where one of them later succumbed to injuries, an official said.
“The other two injured were referred to government medical college and hospital, Jammu, but one of them succumbed during the transit,” the official said. Soon after receiving information about the accident, a major rescue operation was started by teams of the police, health department, fire and emergency services department and local residents, until 3.30am, the official said.
The deceased were identified as Muhammad Shabir son of Muhammad Rashid of Kalakote; MunirHussain son of Muhammad Abdullah of Aiti, Rajouri; Shokat Ali son of Muhammad Hussain; Resham Bi wife of Muhammad Hussain; Muhammad Hussain, son of KhudaBaksh and Muhammad Bashir son of GhulamHussain—all residents of SabziDarhal.
The police have registered a case under relevant sections of the law at police station Darhal. Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Rajouri Muhammad AijazAsad sanctioned rupees one lakh as relief assistance to victims of the road accident at SabziDodaj in Darhal area.
“Taking cognisance of the matter on humanitarian grounds, DDC Rajouri immediately sanctioned ninety thousand rupees in favour of families of all those killed in the accident, while an assistance of Rs 10000 was provided to the injured,” an official spokesman said.