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Six pilgrims killed, 13 injured in Kishtwar accident
No end to bloodbath on roads
8/20/2018 10:41:34 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik
Early Times Report
Kishtwar, Aug 20: Yet another tragedy struck Kuligard near Drabshala, some 28 KM from Kishtwar on Kishtwar-Batote-Jammu National Highway in which six pilgrims on way to Machail Matta lost their lives while 13 others were injured some of them critical after a rock rolled down from the hill and fell on the ill -fated passenger vehicle along with a private vehicle that were passing through the stretch. A mother-Daughter duo had died, at the same spot on April 22, 2018.
As per the details available with Early Times, the ill- fated minibus bearing Registration No. JK14AD-3812 was on its way from Udhampur to Kishtwar for its onwards journey to Machail Mata temple when at around noon. 5 persons died on spot while another one succumbed to his injuries in the local hospital.
As soon as the accident took place, the locals along with police officials immediately rush to the spot and started rescue operation by bringing out all the persons on board, but five persons among them were dead while 13 others were shifted to District Hospital Kishtwar, PHC Thatri and District Hospital Doda where they were undergoing treatment.
The Police identified the deceased as Sg.Ct Kewal Kumar Son of Bodh Raj Resident of Kewa Udhampur, Amarnath son of Bali Ram Resident of Basantgarh Udhampur, Askanta Devi Daughter of Kewal Kumar Resident of Udhampur while the identification of three others is yet to be ascertained.
The injured persons who were admitted at District Hospital Kishtwar include Kalyan Singh son of Faqir Chand, Subash Chander son of Jai Krishan, Rita Devi wife of Subash Chander all Resident of Badherwah, Mohammad Hussain son of Karim Din Resident of Bhunjwah, Maan Singh son of Om Prakesh Resident of Udhampur and Rahim Ali son of Alam Din Resident of Kathua while the injured undergoing treatment at District Hospital Doda were identified as Raj Kumar son of Kalu Ram, Sunil Kumar son of Ram Lal, Vasu son of Kewal, Deepak son of Kaku Ram, Kaku Ram, Sudesh Kumar son of Munshi Ram all Resident of Udhampur and Dev Raj Son of Choru Ram Resident of Balgaran.
As soon as the news of the accident reach Kishtwar, there was anger among the people against the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) against their failure to safeguards the lives of the passengers.
It is pertinent to mention that on 22-04-2018, vehicle No JK17- 1896 (Wigner) was struck by landslide at same spot , resulting into the death mother and daughter. Earlier in the month of March this year, three persons including a toddler died at the same spot while about 7 others were injured.
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