Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra and chief minister Omar Abdullah oN Tuesday expressed grief over the death of 17 people in an accident on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, which also left 34 others injured.
"Vohra and Omar have conveyed their solidarity and sympathy to the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls. They also prayed for early recovery of the injured," an official spokesman said here.
The governor also expressed regret over the failure of the authorities concerned to effectively enforce strict measures required to reduce fatal road accidents on the highway, the spokesman said.
He said the chief minister had directed the health authorities concerned and the district administration to provide all possible medical treatment and help to the injured.
Seventeen people were killed and 34 others injured when a passenger bus, which was on its way to Srinagar from Jammu, fell into a 400-feet deep gorge on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Ramban district in the wee hours on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, state secretary of CPM M Y Tarigami also expressed shock and grief over the fatal accident and held "callousness" of the administration responsible for the increasing number of accidents in the state.
"A house committee headed by me, following mounting number of accidents in erstwhile Doda region and the national highway in Jammu region, had submitted a detailed report before the government, but unfortunately the same is gathering dust," Tarigami said in a statement.
He said the recommendations put forth by the committee have not been implemented so far. "This is unfortunate and utter callousness on part of the state administration which owes an explanation on the latest fatal road accident," he said.
He said over two years have passed since the panel submitted its report, but the government is yet to come out with its action taken report on the recommendations.
"This speaks volumes about the government's indifferent attitude towards this serious humanitarian crisis. The repeated road accidents in Doda, Kistwar, Ramban and Udhampur districts must be a grave concern for the state government," said CPM leader.