Baramulla/Kupwara, Jan 12: At least eight persons including three members of a family were killed and three others injured in a deadly road accident in north Kashmir's Baramulla district on Monday, police said.
The accident took place after a sumo cab (JKO9A- 2652) they were travelling in from Kupwara to Srinagar had a head-on collision with a Tata Mobile load carrier (JKO1-1652) at Renji near Sangrama Sopore this morning.
Reports said five persons died on the spot and were identified as Naaza Begum wife of Muhammad Shafi Malik; Muhammad Shafi Malik son of Ghulam Ahmad and Sara Begum wife of Ghulam Muhammad Malik of Gugloosa Trehgam—all three from one family—; Dilshad Ahmad Payar son of Ali Muhammad of Kralpora Kupwara and Waseem Ahmad Malik son of Shabir Ahmad of Trehgam. Later, reports said, Parvaiz Ahmad Malik son of Shabir Ahmad of Doolipora Trehgam and Abdul Majeed Dar son of Muhammad Muzaffar Dar of Dolipora succumbed to their injuries on way to SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar.
The injured were identified as Ajaz Ahmad, Farooq Ahmad Najar, Arfat Hussain— residents of Kupwara, and Muhammad Halaf and Muhammad Saleem Akhtar, both residents of Kolkata, West Bengal. They were rushed to SKIMS for treatment. Arfat Hussain of Trehgam Kupwara also later succumbed to his injuries.
A pall of gloom descended on Kupwara as the news of the tragic accident reached the native villages of deceased. Soon after the accident, police and locals rushed near the accident spot for rescue operation.
Meanwhile, one person was killed when an LP truck ran over him at Bramri Kupwara. Reports said Ghulam Mustaffa son of Abdul Aziz of Nowagabra Karnah died on the spot at Bramri on Kupwara-Sopore road.
Police have registered cases and started investigation. In another accident, a man was crushed to death by a mini bus near Sherwani Hall Baramulla this morning. He was identified as Manjeet Singh Sarna of Kanlibagh Baramulla.
J&K Governor NN Vohra expressed grief over the loss of human lives in the Baramulla road accident.
He conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved and prayed for peace to the departed souls.
A Raj Bhavan spokesman said the Governor is seriously concerned about the recurring fatal road accidents and has directed that an urgent meeting of the Road Safety Council be held in which he shall review the implementation status of various measures intended to improve road safety.
National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah expressed grief and sorrow over the tragic accident.
"I express my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and pray for the recovery of those who have been injured," Omar said.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti also expressed shock and grief over the tragic loss of lives. Mehbooba conveyed her heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families and prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured, a PDP spokesman said.
Chairman, Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference and MLA-elect from Handwara Sajad Gani Lone expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the Baramulla road accident.