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17 passengers killed as mini bus falls into gorge in J-K's Kishtwar

Press Trust of India  |  Kishtwar (JK) 

At least 17 passengers were killed and 16 more injured when a mini bus skidded off the road and plunged into a gorge in and Kashmir's district on Friday, officials said.

The accident occurred at Dandaran, near Thakrai, when the of the mini bus, which was on its way to from the Keshwan area, lost control of it and the vehicle plunged into the over-300-foot gorge, near the Chenab riverbed, on Friday morning, they said.

"A total of 17 persons died and 16 others injured in the unfortunate incident," (Kishtwar) told

He said the dead included three women and the of the ill-fated vehicle,

Interestingly, Hussain was fined by the traffic police for overloading on Thursday, officials said.

Rana said most of the victims died on the spot. One of the 11 critically injured persons, airlifted to for specialised treatment, was declared brought dead by doctors at the Government Medical College Hospital,

The district development commissioner, who led the operation along with of Police Rajinder Gupta, said, "The next of the kin of the deceased will be given an ex gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh each, while Rs 50,000 will be given to each of the injured persons."

He lauded the Army, police and locals for their swift action in initiating the rescue operation.

Officials said the bus was carrying over 30 passengers.

They said five of the injured were undergoing treatment at a local hospital and their condition was stated to be "stable".

Jammu-based said the had pressed a chopper into service and airlifted eight critically injured victims from to Jammu.

Three other injured were evacuated by a chopper, Rana said.

This is the third major accident in Kishtwar district in the last one month.

While 13 Machail Yatra devotees were killed when their cab plunged into a gorge on August 21, seven persons were killed and 12 others injured when two vehicles were hit by boulders a day earlier.

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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 15:55 IST