SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday expressed his deep condolence with the families of those killed after a bus skidded off the road and plunged into a deep gorge at Mandi, Poonch.
Geelani in a statement also consoled those injured in the accident.
Expressing his anguish on the “criminal negligence” committed by the authorities for the “disproportionate” development of the Chenab valley, Geelani prayed for their (deceased) heavenly abode and forbearance to their near and dear ones.
Condemning the “discrimination” adopted by the authorities towards the Chenab region, Geelani alleged that the area might not have any “military significance”, so the highway running through this mountainous region has been left in the lurch to become “open graves” for the passengers of this area. “Statistics regarding the accidents swallowing passengers on these dilapidated roads and highways present a dismal picture as compared to other militarily important roads running through the sky-high mountains,” he added..