Kishtwar road accident: ‘Killer roads expose govt’s tall claims of development’

Kishtwar road accident: ‘Killer roads expose govt’s tall claims of development’

SRINAGAR: Both factions of Hurriyat Conference, JKLF, Bar Association and other political parties have expressed grief over the tragic road accident in Kishtwar which resulted in death to at least 35 people and injuries to more than 17 others.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani in a statement condemned the “discrimination adopted by the authorities towards the Chenab region on the ground that the said area might not have any military significance, so the highway running through this mountainous region have been left in the lurch to become open graves for the common masses”.
He said the statistics of these killer roads are alarming and exposes the tall claims of the “development”.
“Government very cleverly maintains and repairs only those roads which are used by its armed forces. Rulers are least bothered about the miseries and hardships of people. They maintain every inch in view of the movement of armed forces and even the lifeline roads are abandoned for public use,” he said.
Geelani expressed condolence with the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls and courage to affected families to bear the irreparable loss.
In a statement, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the incident occurred barely a few days after the Mughal road accident in which a dozen school children died and many others sustained grave injuries.
“Growing road accidents taking a toll on human lives is a cause of concern and it is because of the dilapidated road conditions, rash driving by drivers and overloading that road accident were showing a steep rise across the State,” he said.
He took a dig at the state administration for resorting to lip servicing only and confining itself to expressing condolences. “It seems there is no check by administration on rash driving, over speeding, overloading and travel on crucial roads without proper travel permits. Despite tall claims, major and crucial roads across the state remain in shambles; as a result, they become death traps, which is highly unfortunate,” he said.
Mirwaiz demanded impartial probe into the incident so that the reasons that led to the major accident comes to fore and those found involved in any lapses are punished to prevent such in incidents in future.
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief spokesperson Rafiq Ahmad Dar in a statement said, “The wounds of Mughal road accident are still fresh and we have lost dozens more in Kishtwar accident. We express our heartfelt condolences with the bereaved families and pray for speedy recovery of those injured in both these accidents.”
Dar in a condolence message expressed heartfelt grief over the human tragedy and said the road accidents are claiming precious lives in Jammu Kashmir especially in Pir Panjal and Chenab regions.
“But the fascist rulers instead of ensuring road safety and doing anything to benefit people are only seen playing politics on human lives, subjecting humans to torture and torment and pursuing their agenda of communal politics in Jammu Kashmir,” he said and prayed for speedy recovery of the injured.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement said, “It is painful to see that road accidents are increasing at an alarming rate and it seems to be a routine as the administration and concerned departments are in deep slumber and not taking road and passenger safety measures swiftly.”
Sehrai expressed sympathy and solidarity with the families whose loved ones were killed in the tragic road accident and shared his thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families. He also prayed for speedy recovery for the injured.
Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA), Srinagar, while expressing grief over the tragic road accident extended condolence to the bereaved families.
He prayed for eternal peace to those who died in the accident and for speedy recovery of the injured.
Bar Association also expressed concern over the banning of civilian traffic on Qazigund-Nashri stretch of Jammu-Srinagar Highway from Monday, for five hours, in view of Amarnath yatra and termed it unjustified and unwarranted.
Seeking removal of the ban as early as possible, Bar said it is going to cause unnecessary restrictions to civilians travelling from Srinagar to Jammu and vice-versa.
Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement chief spokesperson Adv Sajad Sheikh in a statement expressed profound grief over the tragic road accident in Kishtwar and extended heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families.
He criticised government for its failure to curb increasing road accidents in various areas of the State particularly in Chenab Valley, Pir Panchal region and Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
He said the ill fated mini bus that met the tragic accident was beyond capacity. “The tempo traveller that met fatal accident in Peer Ki Gali also happened due to reported rash and negligent driving, in which many budding school children lost their lives,” he said.
The spokesperson said the repeated fatal road accidents have “totally exposed the failure and mismanagement” in the traffic and transport departments besides inadequacy of road infrastructure.
“JKPM seeks a thorough time bound probe into these road accidents and demands severe punishment to the concerned field agencies found guilty of laxity in their duty,” he said.
He also demanded ex-gratia relief in favour of deceased families and free medical treatment to injured passengers saying the State is duty-bound to make transport facilities safe for travel.
Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) in a statement expressed condolence and sympathy with those killed in the Kishtwar accident.
A JKDFP spokesperson termed the frequent occurrence of fatal road accidents in the region as disturbing.