Black flags hoisted in Surankote town over Mughal road accident deaths

Black flags hoisted in Surankote town over Mughal road accident deaths

A traders' body in Surankote town of Poonch districtof Jammu and Kashmir on Friday hoisted black flags to protest the death of 11local students in a tragic road accident on Mughal Road yesterday.

Led by traders' body chairman Khush Dev Verma, theprotesters hoisted black flags to mourn the deaths of 11 students of a localcomputer institute in a mishap near Peer Ki Gali on the historic road thatconnects Poonch with Shopian district in south Kashmir.

Verma said that the road has turned into a deathtrap for the commuters and called on the authorities to make it safer.

11 students were killed and seven others injuredwhen a Tempo they were travelling on crashed after plummeting around 500 feetdown a gorge along the mountainous Mughal road in Shopian district Thursdayafternoon.

The students of Kashish Computer Institute, aprivate centre, according to an official were on an excursion to DobijanShopian from Surankote area of district Poonch when the accident took place.

A police official said the Tempo carrying 16students, a teacher and a driver, skidded off the road near Lal Gulam, some 32kms from Shopian town, and careened down a deep gorge.

Governor Satya Pal Malik while expressing grief overthe deaths announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh for the next of kin of thedead students.

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