In a tragic incident, a bus carrying passengers in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district skidded off the road and plunged into a 300-foot gorge, resulting in the loss of 36 lives and leaving 19 others injured. The bus, registered as JK02CN-6555, was reportedly carrying around 40 passengers at the time of the accident. The mishap occurred near Trungal-Assar on the Batote-Kishtwar national highway, causing the bus to fall 300 feet down the mountainside.
Rescue operations are currently underway, with authorities already recovering some bodies from the site. Union Minister Jitendra Singh provided updates, expressing his condolences to the bereaved families and informing that six of the injured passengers are in critical condition, with necessary medical treatment being provided at GMC Doda and GMC Jammu.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have expressed their deep condolences over the heartbreaking incident. Prime Minister Modi announced ex-gratia from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund for the affected families. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti also expressed her condolences to the bereaved families.
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha extended sympathies and directed authorities to provide all necessary assistance to those affected. The bus has suffered significant damage due to the fall, and a joint search and rescue operation involving the police, State Disaster Response Force, and locals is currently underway. The injured passengers are being swiftly transported to nearby hospitals for immediate medical attention.
The tragic bus accident in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district serves as a reminder of the importance of road safety and the need for stringent measures to prevent such incidents. As the rescue operation continues, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have lost their loved ones, and we hope for the speedy recovery of the injured.