Jammu: In a road accident, ten people were killed as the tempo they were travelling in skidded and rolled into a 200 foot-deep gorge in Reasi district on Wednesday. Six other persons were also injured, police said.
The tempo fell into the gorge at the Chechi Nallah area in the district’s Mahore belt Wednesday morning, said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Reasi, Tahir Sajad Bhat.
Police said ten people were killed and six injured in the incident. A rescue operation had been launched, it said.
The SSP said the injured were being shifted to hospital and efforts were being made to recover the bodies.
A police spokesperson said the tempo, bearing registration number JK02 AT-0730, on the way to Mahore from Buddan in the early morning hours of Wednesday, rolled down near Shishi Nallah, resulting in the on-spot death of seven persons while three more persons succumbed later to their injuries.
They said that the persons who suffered injuries were shifted to local hospitals for treatment.
Police identified the deceased persons as Javid Ahmad, son of Abdul Rashid, resident of Chachi Janslan, age 26 years; Wazira Begum, wife of Mohammad Sharif, resident of Chachi Ajasmalan, age 35 years; Bhar-din, son of Abdul Gani, resident of Sildhar, age 27 years; Charan Singh, son of Faqeer Chand, resident of Budhan, age 22 years; Liyaqat Ali, son of Abdul Hamid, resident of Budhan, age 20 years, and Mohammad Arshid, son of Abdul Rashid, resident of Budhan, age 19 years. Among the children who died in the accident were Mohammad Asif, son of Ali Mohammad, resident of Jamalan Nagar, age 14-15 years; Hamid Ali, son of Manzoor Hussain, resident of Jamaslan Nagar, age 12 years, and Mubashir Ahmad, son of Bhar-din, resident of Sildhar, age 5-6 years. Also among the deceased was an infant boy, son of Mohinder Singh, who was three months old.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed shock and grief over the loss of lives in this tragic road accident.
An official handout said, on the directions of the Chief Minister, that severely injured passengers were airlifted to Jammu for specialised treatment. The CM has also asked the Divisional Administration, Jammu, and the District Administration, Reasi, to intensify rescue operations at the spot and ensure the best possible treatment to the survivors.