16 Amarnath pilgrims killed, about 30 injured as bus skids off highway
The bus carrying the pilgrims skidded off the road, turned turtle and rolled down into the nullah at Nachlana belt of Ramban.india Updated: Jul 16, 2017 22:13 IST
At least 16 Amarnath pilgrims were killed and about 30 injured when a bus skidded off the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and rolled down into a deep nullah in the Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir today, officials said.
The bus carrying pilgrims skidded off the road, overturned and rolled down into the nullah at Nachlana belt of Ramban late this afternoon, Ramban senior superintendent of police (SSP) Mohan Lal said.
A rescue operation was underway.
“16 people are now confirmed dead, 19 with serious injuries and eight others with minor injuries,” Jammu and Kashmir police said in a statement Sunday.
Some of the worst injured are being airlifted to hospital, while others were taken to local clinics for treatment, police said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of pilgrims.
Extremely pained by the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatris due to a bus accident in J&K. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 16, 2017
I pray that those injured in the bus accident in J&K recover soon.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 16, 2017
Home minister Rajnath Singh also expressed grief at the loss of lives.
My heart goes out to the families of Amarnath Yatris who lost their loved ones in the bus accident. My prayers are with the injured. 3/3— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 16, 2017
The tragedy came as another pilgrim died on Sunday from injuries sustained six days ago when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus full of worshippers.
“One lady who was injured in the July 10 attack succumbed to her injuries in hospital,” Shesh Paul Vaid, the state’s director general of police, said.
Her death takes the toll from Monday’s attack to eight, with seven women and one man killed in the late-night assault.
Tens of thousands of Hindus from all over India travel to Kashmir every year to visit a phallus-shaped ice formation in the Amarnath caves that is worshipped as a symbol of Shiva, the god of destruction.