Ramban: A pall of gloom descended on two villages of Rajgarh tehsil in Ramban district where four women and a man died in an accident near Chuchataer Rajgargh on Tuesday.
The mourners, mostly relatives of residents of Chuchater and Chaka villages were returning from Bhartund after expressing condolence with the family of ASI Ghulam Hassan Bhat of J&K Armed Police who was killed in a militant attack at Zeewan on the outskirts of Srinagar on Monday.
The women had visited the bereaved family to express condolences with them.
They had boarded a cab in which at least seven persons from three villages were traveling.
As the news of the accident spread, the village elders rushed to the spot to know about the whereabouts of their family members. They found the bodies scattered.
The youngest victim was driver Sajjad Ahmad who breathed his last at Public Health Centre (PHC) Rajgarh.
An eyewitness said that they pulled out several bodies after reaching the spot.
“It was a horrible scene. Such a tragedy has befallen our villages for the first time,” said Abdul Rasheed Naike.
“The entire village of Chuchater is in deep shock as we lost five members while two are injured,” said Abdul Rehman of Chuuchatter.
Deputy Commissioner Ramban Mussarat Islam visited the village on Tuesday to share the grief of families.
The bodies were handed over to the family members after conducting postmortem and all the persons dying in the accident were buried at the Chuchatter graveyard on Wednesday.