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"It is a very tragic incident. I express my profound grief and sorrow over the death of Amarnath pilgrims. I pray to the almighty to give strength and courage to the relatives of the deceased and injured persons to bear the loss of the lives of their near and dear ones," a statement quoting Kumar, said.
"I pray to almighty that those injured in the bus accident recover soon," he added.
At least 16 Amarnath pilgrims were killed and around 27 injured, 19 of them critically, when a bus skidded off the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and rolled into a deep nullah in the Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir.
The deceased belonged to UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, Assam, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh. Two women were among the 16 who died.
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