Minibus plunges into over-300-feet gorge in J&K's Kishtwar; at least 13 people killed, 13 injured

At least 13 passengers were killed and 13 more injured on Friday when a minibus packed with passengers skidded off the road and plunged into an over-300-foot gorge in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir, a police official said.

The accident occurred at Dandaran, near Thakrai, when the driver of the minibus, which was on its way to Kishtwar from the Keshwan area, lost control of it and the vehicle plunged into the over-300-foot gorge, near the Chenab riverbed, this morning, the official said.

"So far, 13 persons are confirmed dead and 13 others injured," Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kishtwar Rajinder Gupta, who is leading the rescue operation, told PTI. The bus was carrying over 30 passengers, he said, adding that the rescue operation was launched immediately after the accident.

Kishtwar Deputy Commissioner Angrez Singh Rana said the district administration was making efforts to airlift eight critically-injured passengers to Jammu.
"The next of the kin of the deceased will be given an ex gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh each, while Rs 50,000 will be given to each of the injured persons," Rana said.

This is the third major accident in Kishtwar district in the last one month. While 13 Machail Yatra devotees were killed when their cab plunged into a gorge on 21 August, seven persons were killed and 12 others injured when two vehicles were hit by boulders a day earlier.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Sep 14, 2018 13:42:46 IST

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