Ramban/Jammu: At Least seventeen Amarnath pilgrims died and 29 others wounded after a bus slipped off the national highway of Jammu-Kashmir and fell down into a deep nallah on Sunday in the Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials stated.
As per the reports, the people who lost lives belong from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Assam, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. Nearly sixteen of the wounded persons were critical.
“The 17th batch of Amarnath Yatra left from Bhagwati Nagar, Jammu, at 4:06 am today. At 1:45 pm, one of the SRTC buses met with a fatal accident and rolled down into a nallah near Nachilana army camp in the jurisdiction of Banihal Police Station,” a police spokesman stated.
The bus was carrying 3,603 devotees of Amarnath Yatra and it was Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) bus. As per the reports, it was taking pilgrims from Jammu to twin base camps of Baltal and Pahalgam.
The wounded devotees were evacuated and the bodies were recovered in an investigation carried out by the Army, CRPF and police.
Over 20 wounded pilgrims were taken to the Government Medical College (GMC) Hospital to undergo treatment. Later, the eight were moved to SKIMS hospital in Srinagar by ambulances. The death toll of deceased has reached to 17.
PM Narendra Modi articulated grief at the deceased in the accident. About Rs 50,000 people have gone wounded.
“Extremely pained by the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatris due to a bus accident in Jammu Kashmir. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased,” Modi tweeted.
“I pray that those injured in the bus accident in J&K recover soon,” he asserted.
BJP Ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed pity at the dead people.