Fourteen persons were killed and 17 injured in a tragic road mishap occurred at Dalsar near Ramnagar when a mini bus on its way from Ghordi to Ramnagar plunged into a gorge.
The driver of the ill fated bus with number JK 14-C 8068 lost control over the vehicle during an attempt to overtake leading to loss of lives. Nearly, seven persons, out of 17 injured, are reported to be critical.
The district administration provided relief of Rs 1 Lakh each to next kin of the dead and Rs 10,000 each to the injured.
Immediately after incident the district administration swung into action and launched rescue operation evacuating 14 persons from the vehicle. Besides, eight ambulances, rescue teams and cranes were rushed to the spot. A group of around 50 local youth helped in rescue operation.
Deputy Commissioner Udhampur, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, DIG Udhampur-Reasi Surinder Kumar Gupta along with SSP Suleiman Choudhary, CMO Dr Chander Parkash, ARTO Rajesh Gupta and DySP Traffic rushed to the spot.
The dead include Ajay Kumar S/O Nek Ram R/O Surni, Khem Raj S/O Tej Ram R/O Nallaha Gorrian, Sapana Devi D/O Sudesh Kumar R/O Plassian, Surjoo Devi W/O Tulsi Das R/O Dalsar, Bindoo Ram S/O Chinku R/O Jandhore, Neshi W/O Shakti R/O Kanah, Ragbir Singh S/O Shaju Singh R/O Jandhore, Ashok Kumar S/O Chait Ram R/O Ghordi, Ganesh Dutt S/O Amar Dutt R/O Nallaha Mallian, Sushma Devi D/O Attar Chand R/O Jandhore, Shailo Devi W/O Kartar Chand R/O Kanah, Santi Devi W/O Prem Singh R/O Massal, Mulkh Raj R/o Nallaha Gorrian and Subash Kumar S/O Bittu Ram R/O Kanah, Ramnagar.
The injured include Polli Devi W/O Vijay Kumar R/O Nallaha Mallian, Geeta Devi W/O Ganesh R/o Nallaha Mallian, Bal Krishan S/O Mast Ram R/O Sunetar Nikhal S/O Subash Chand R/O Ghordi, Yash Paul S/O Lofi Ram, R/O Nallaha Mallian Pooja Devi D/O Khem Raj R/O Kannah, Raksha Devi W/O Pritam Singh R/O Jandhore, Dharmu Devi W/O Suram Chand R/O Birnoo, Roshan Kumar S/o Thakur Das R/O Kannah, Sudesh, Kumar S/O Charan Das R/O Ghordi Khas, Pinky Devi W/O Govind Ram Singh R/O Nallaha Mallian, Monika D/O Dina Nath R/o Chowki, Mulkh Raj S/O Punu Ram R/O Ghordi, Chait Ram S/o Badri Nath R/O Dalsar, Dharam Chand S/O Suram Chand R/O Birnoo, Shubham S/O Sanjay Kumar R/O Ghordi and Jeet Kumar S/O Mulakh Raj R/O Jagir Ghordi.
DC Udhampur provided relief cheques to Tehsildar Ramnagar which were later handed over to the aggrieved families.
Meanwhile an FIR has also been lodged at Ramnagar police station for investigation into the matter.