Amarnath yatra: Two dead, 23 injured in bus accident; death toll rises to 10

An Amarnath pilgrim and a local driver were killed and 23 others injured when their bus collided with a truck on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on Tuesday, officials said

PTI July 13, 2016 18:46:35 IST
Amarnath yatra: Two dead, 23 injured in bus accident; death toll rises to 10

Srinagar: An Amarnath pilgrim and a local driver were killed and 23 others injured when their bus collided with a truck on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on Tuesday, officials said.

A CRPF jawan, posted at Chandanwari, died of cardiac arrest, raising the death toll related to ongoing yatra to 10,
they said.

Amarnath yatra Two dead 23 injured in bus accident death toll rises to 10

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A bus, carrying Amarnath pilgrims, collided with the truck at Sangam near Bijbehara, 45 kms from the state capital, in the wee hours of the morning, killing two persons — Pramod Kumar of Meerut and driver Bilal Ahmad Mir of Kangan, the officials said.

Twenty-three other pilgrims also suffered injuries in the accident which took place when the bus was on its way to Jammu from Baltal base camp in Ganderbal.

Soon after the accident, the people in Bijbehara, who are mourning the death of two youths, including a Delhi University student in the widespread violence following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani last week, rushed to the scene despite the curfew and evacuated the injured to the hospital.

Constable Rajinder Kumar of 115th Battalion CRPF died at Chandanwari, along the traditional Pahalgam-cave route in Anantnag district of south Kashmir, last night. The CRPF jawan, who was posted on security duty, suffered a massive heart attack, the officials said.

Meanwhile, Mukesh Kumar, a pilgrim from Delhi, suffered injuries when he fell down from his motorcycle at Qazigund on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the officials said, adding he was shifted to the hospital.

Twenty-seven persons, including 25 yatris and a "ponywalla" also suffered injuries, mostly due to the fall while trekking the arduous 3,880 metre-high route to holy cave which houses the naturally formed ice-shivlingam, they said.

Despite the unrest in the Valley in the wake of the killing of the young militant commander which has claimed 34 lives in the clashes between protestors and security forces, the yatra was going on smoothly from the twin routes.

Nearly 1.40 lakh pilgrims have visited the cave shrine and had 'darshan' of the ice-lingam so far, the officials
added.

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