Bhaderwah: A senior officer of Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) and two of his family members died in a road accident in Doda district of Jammu region on Friday.
The accident took place near Khelani in Doda district on Batote-Kishtwar National Highway this morning, a police officer said.
The officer was on way to his native village in Jodhpur Ghat Doda from Jammu to attend the funeral of his father who passed away late last night.
The car suddenly skidded off the road on a curve near a petrol pump in Khelani and fell into a 300-feet deep gorge on the highway, killing two persons on the spot and injuring two others seriously, the officer said.
He said that passersby informed the police and helped in evacuation from the deep gorge.
“The accident happened when the car on way to Jodhpur Doda from Jammu perhaps went out of the driver’s control on a curve near Khelani and fell into the 300-feet deep gorge at around 10.30 AM,” SSP Doda Zahid Naseem Manhas said.
He said the KAS officer and his wife died on the spot while his aunt died on way to hospital. The officer’s brother-in-law was seriously injured and has been shifted to District Hospital, Doda for treatment.
The SSP said that the victims have been identified as Kalyan Singh Parihar, a 2001-batch KAS officer, who was posted as Additional Secretary, Roads and Building department (R&B), his wife Anita Devi and aunt Oma Devi.
The injured has been identified as Rinkle Kotwal, brother-in-law of the deceased officer.—PTI