At least seven persons died while four were injured after a Beacon vehicle carrying labourers met with an accident in north Kashmir's Bandipora district late Friday.
Five bodies were recovered from the site of the accident in Tragbal, 24 kms from Bandipora town. The vehicle was on its way to Bandipora from Gurez when the accident took place.
A police official said that 12 persons were travelling on the ill-fated vehicle.
He said seven persons have died while 4 others have suffered injuries, adding that all the injured have been shifted to a hospital in Srinagar for treatment.
"Two among six injured persons, who were referred to Srinagar from SDH Bandipora, succumbed to injuries today morning at SKIMS. The deceased were identified as Kisum Marmo and Manzoor Ahmad Palal of Tanghat Bandipora," he told Greater Kashmir.
The driver of the vehicle, also feared dead, is still missing, he said. Search operation was on at the time of filing this report.
The other deceased have been identified as Madhu Harman, Jasu Harman, Sibu Muran, Pagan Muran, Chanu Harman, Kisum Marmo – all residents of Jharkhand – and Manzoor Ahmad Palal of Tanghat Bandipora.
The injured persons were identified as Nayam Marmo, Bitka Kisko, Maasi Hasda-all residents of Jharkhand – the identity of another could not be confirmed.
Two more persons were injured when a truck met with accident on Bandipora-Gurez road today morning near Tragbal, 2 kms away from the site of yesterday's accident. "Two person were injured in the accident who were identified as Abdul Rashid Khan (35) and Asif Ahmad Lone (23) – both residents of Nusoo Bandipora," said a police official.
Both the injured were shifted to SDH Bandipora where their condition was stated to be stable.
Governor N.N. Vohra has expressed grief over the loss of lives in the accident on Gurez-Bandipora road.
In a condolence message the Governor has conveyed his sympathies to the members of the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls. He has wished speedy recovery to the persons injured in this accident.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has also expressed grief and anguish over the loss of precious human lives in the road accident.