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10 killed, 15 injured in Mahore accident
JAMMU, Aug 9: Ten people including four minors were killed and fifteen others injured when an overloaded vehicle they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into a ravine in Mahore area of Reasi district, this morning.

Police reports said that Tempo Traveller bearing registration number JKO2AT 0730 fell off the road at Chachi Nallah into a 200-feet deep gorge in Jamsalan village resulting in the death of seven people on the spot. Two of the critically injured later died at a hospital while one person drowned in the nallah. Fifteen people were injured, some of them critically, in the mishap.

It was learnt that majority of them were on way to bank to operate their accounts as there is no bank in Budhan area of Mahore and the vehicle was overloaded. It was carrying 25 passengers, almost double its capacity of 12, police sources said.

“Around 8.45 AM, a Tempo Traveller on its way from Budhan to Mahore carrying around 14 passengers skidded off the road and fell down near Chechi Nallah after the driver lost control of the vehicle,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Tahir Sajjad Bhat said.

Soon after accident locals along with police carried out a rescue operation and retrieve the bodies and help the injured. All the passengers were residents of Mahore Sub-Division. The vehicle had left Budhan around 8 AM and it met with an accident 10 kilometers away from Budhan, he added.

“Initially, locals aided the police in evacuating the passengers from the vehicle. Later, we sought the army’s help and also requested for a chopper at Mahore in which the critically injured were evacuated to Government Medical College (GMC) hospital in Jammu for advanced treatment,” Bhat added.

“The roads in the area are very narrow and laxity even for few seconds can prove fatal. The cause will be known during the course of the investigation,” he added.

The deceased have been identified as Javed Ahmed, 26, son of Abdul Rashid and Wazira Begum, 25, wife of Mohammad Sharief both residents of Chachi, Jamslan, Mohammad Asif, 14, son of Ali Mohammad and Hamit Ali, 12, son of Manzoor Hussain both residents of Jamslan Anghar, Charan Singh, 22, son of Faqir Chand, Mohammad Arshad, 19, son of Abdul Rashid and Liquat Ali, 20, son of Abdul Hamid all residents of Budhan, Mubbashar Ahmed, 5, son of Bhar Din and his father Bahar Din, 27, son of Abdul Gani both residents of Sildhar area of Mahore and one male baby (3 months old) of Mohinder Singh.

The injured were identified as Kavita Devi, 22, wife of Vipan Singh of Bathoie, Arjun Singh, 18, son of Mast Ram of Budhan, Mohammad Sharief, 25, son of Gulla of Jamaslan, Raj Kumari, 40, wife of Prem Singh of Shajroo, Parshotam Singh, 42, son of Bishan Singh of Budhan, Neelma Devi, 24, wife of Mohinder Singh of Shajroo Sool, Ayush Rajput, 3, son of Mohinder Singh of Shajroo Sool, Masrat Naz, 14, daughter of Ali Mohammad, Bashir Ahmed, 60, son of Azam, Mohammad Iqbal, 35, son of Ghulam Qadir and Riyaz Ahmed, 22, son of Ali Mohammad all residents of Chaklass, Altaf Ahmed, 21, son of Abdul Sattar, Gulzar Ahmed, 40, son of Noor Din, Ranjeet Singh, 20, son of Hukam Singh all residents of Budhan and Muskan Ali (14 months), son of Mohammad Sharief of Jamaslan.

Seriously injured Kavita Devi and Arjun Singh were airlifted to GMC hospital in Jammu for advanced treatment while Mohammad Sharief, Raj Kumari and Muskan Ali were shifted to District Hospital Reasi by road and other injured were undergoing treatment at Sub District Hospital Mahore.

The bodies after autopsy at SDH Mahore were handed over to the family members for last rites.

The driver identified as Mohinder Singh escaped from the spot.

Meanwhile, Governor N.N. Vohra has expressed grief over the tragic loss of lives in an unfortunate road accident at Mahore area of the Reasi district.

In a message the Governor has prayed for peace to the departed souls and wished the bereaved families the strength to bear this sad loss. He has wished speedy recovery to those injured in this accident.

The Governor has expressed deep concern over recurring road accidents and re-iterated that every concerned agency should be held accountable for strictly enforcing regulations regarding the age and worthiness of the passenger carrying vehicles, condemnation of unfit vehicles, overloading, over-speeding, fitness and past record of drivers to ply passenger vehicles on notified hill roads, and punitive summary fines to be paid by the offenders. He noted that no unqualified/ unlicensed person must be allowed to drive any personal, transport or commercial vehicle.

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti also expressed shock and grief over the loss of lives.

On the directions of the Chief Minister, severely injured passengers were airlifted to Jammu for specialized treatment.

She has also asked the Divisional administration Jammu and the District Administration Reasi to intensify the rescue operations at the spot and ensure best possible treatment to the other injured.

It is notable to mention here that government data says a person dies every 3.7 minutes in road accidents across the country, which is known for rash driving, inadequate traffic enforcement, badly maintained roads and poor quality cars.

According to India Spend, Jammu and Kashmir topped the list of “high accidental death-prone areas” in a 2013 survey conducted by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which found that an accident in the state has a 64% chance of causing death as opposed to 36.4% for all of India.

J&K’s traffic police blame the accidents on negligent driving on tricky and winding mountainous roads, while residents point out that paucity of public transport options has led to a surge in vehicle ownership, increasing the odds of mishaps.

News Updated at : Thursday, August 10, 2017
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