Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today expressed grief over the death of 16 Amarnath pilgrims in an accident on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. She asked officials to ensure the best possible treatment for the injured and ordered immediate airlifting of those seriously hurt. Around 27 people were injured, 19 of them critically in the accident today. Mehbooba also directed officials to speedily release the ex-gratia amount for of the next of kin of the deceased. She directed the Jammu Divisional administration to make arrangements for sending the bodies of the deceased pilgrims to their homes, the spokesman said. Opposition National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah and working president Omar Abdullah also expressed grief and shock over the tragic accident.
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