10160 road accidents kill 1749 persons in 2016-17, reveals govt

10160 road accidents kill 1749 persons in 2016-17, reveals govt
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Riyaz ul Khaliq
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday revealed that at least 1749 persons in the state were killed in as many as 10160 road accidents in past two years.
In a written reply to National Conference legislator, Mubarak Gul, the Home Ministry revealed that 5501 road accidents were recorded in 2016 across state when Kashmir Valley erupted in mass uprising and traffic remained off the roads for at least five months.
“958 persons were killed in the road accidents that year,” the government told the lower house of J&K legislature in its reply.
Similarly, the government informed that in first ten months of 2017 – up to ending October – a total of 4659 road accidents were recorded in which 791 persons died.
The records show that the number of accidents has come down by at least 1000 number in 2017. However, it is appalling that despite Valley remaining closed for five months in 2016 the total number of accidents in state had remained high.
In response to another question, the government said that a total of 547 cases of abetment to suicide were registered in last two years in J&K state.
“In 2016, 272 cases of suicide were registered while as in 2017, the number rose to 275,” the government said.