11 Dead, 28 Injured In Mini-Bus Accident In J-K's Poonch; PM Modi Announces Ex-Gratia

11 people died in mini-bus accident in Jammu And Kashmir's Poonch. The rescue operation is in progress

By Radha Basnet
Updated: Wed, 14 Sep 2022 12:45 PM IST
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11 Dead, 28 Injured In Mini-Bus Accident In J-K's Poonch; PM Modi Announces Ex-Gratia
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ELEVEN people died while 28 others were injured after an overcrowded mini-bus plunged into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Wednesday. The bus was on its way to Poonch from Gali Maidan when it met with the accident near Brari Nallah in the border belt of Sawjian around 8.30 am.

The bus rolled down several hundred metres into the gorge and hit the hard ground strewn with boulders, a police official said. Shortly after the accident, a joint rescue operation by the Army, police, and local villagers was launched. Nine passengers were found dead on the spot, while two succumbed at a hospital. The condition of nine of the 28 injured is critical.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha expressed grief over the loss of lives in the accident and announced Rs 5 lakh ex gratia for the kin of the deceased. "Saddened by loss of lives due to a road accident in Sawjian, Poonch. Condolences to bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Rs 5 lakh would be given to the next of kin of the deceased. Directed police and civil authorities to provide best possible treatment to the injured," Sinha tweeted.

Meanwhile, prime minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief over the loss of lives and announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of each deceased.

"The loss of lives due to an accident in Poonch is saddening. My thoughts are with all those who lost their loved ones. Wishing the injured a speedy recovery. Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of each deceased and Rs. 50,000 would be given to the injured", the PMO tweeted.

President Droupadi Murmu, Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar and leaders of different political parties, including former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, also expressed grief over the loss of life and condoled the bereaved families.

"The loss of lives in a tragic road accident in Sawjian, Poonch is deeply distressing. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families. I wish speedy recovery of the injured," the President tweeted.

Mehbooba also expressed her shock over the accident. "Shocked to hear about the unfortunate accident at Sawajian Mandi in Poonch. Deepest condolences to the grieving families & prayers for the injured," she tweeted.

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