35 die as bus falls into gorge in J&K’s Kishtwar; PM condoles deaths

    About 35 people have been killed and 17 injured after a mini bus fell into a gorge in Jammu & Kashmir’s Kishtwar district on Monday. The bus, which was on its way from Keshwan to Kishtwar, skidded and fell into the gorge at Sirgwari around 7:30 am, media reported.

    “Thirty-five people have died. Three injured were airlifted to Jammu. Another helicopter flew to Kishtwar to airlift more injured,” said Kishtwar Deputy Commissioner, Angrez Singh Rana. He said that the 28-seater bus was carrying 52 passengers when the accident occurred.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and former Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdulla condoled the deaths of the passengers.

    PM Modi tweeted: “The accident in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar is heart-wrenching. We mourn all those who lost their lives and express condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest.”
    Condoling the deaths, Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted: ” Extremely saddened to learn about the loss of lives due to a road accident in Kishtwar, Jammu & Kashmir. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones. I pray of the speedy recovery of those injured.”

    J&K Governor Satyapal Malik has expressed grief over the loss of lives and announced Rs. 5 lakh each to the families of those killed. He also directed the administration to provide best medical treatment to the injured.