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Amarnath Yatra accident: Mehbooba Mufti expresses grief over death of 16 pilgrims

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday expressed grief over the death of 16 Amarnath pilgrims in an accident on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

File image of Mehbooba Mufti. PTI

File image of Mehbooba Mufti. PTI

She asked officials to ensure the best possible treatment for the injured and ordered immediate airlifting of those seriously hurt.

Mufti also directed officials to speedily release the ex-gratia amount for of the next of kin of the deceased.

She directed the Jammu divisional administration to make arrangements for sending the bodies of the deceased pilgrims to their homes, the spokesman said.

Opposition National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah and working president Omar Abdullah also expressed grief and shock over the tragic accident.

Sixteen Amarnath pilgrims were killed and around 31 were injured, when a bus skidded off the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and rolled into a deep nullah in the Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, officials said.

The deceased included two women and belonged to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Assam, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh, they said. Sixteen of the injured persons were critical, the officials added.

Published Date: Jul 16, 2017 22:54 PM | Updated Date: Jul 16, 2017 22:54 PM

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