LG announces Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia
Jammu:Four people were killed and 20 others injured when a passenger bus caught fire in Katra area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district on Friday, officials said.
According to the officials, the bus, on its way to Jammu from Katra, caught fire near Nomai, about 3 kilometers from Katra.
Katra is the base camp for the pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi shrine.
The injured have been hospitalized, they said.
Confirming the deaths, Additional Director General (ADG) of Police, Jammu zone, Mukesh Singh said initial probe does not point to use of any explosive.
A forensic team is looking into the cause of the fire.
Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the Next of Kin of those who have lost their lives in the bus incident in Katra.
The Lt Governor expressed grief over the unfortunate incident and directed the district administration to ensure the best possible treatment to the injured.
“Extremely pained by the loss of lives in the tragic bus incident in Katra. I offer my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured,” he said.