Three killed, 50 injured as school bus falls in gorge in J&K's Baramulla dist
A teacher and a student were among three persons killed while 50 others injured when a school bus carrying students on a picnic trip plunged into a gorge near Gulmarg tourist resort in Kashmir's Baramulla district today.chandigarh Updated: Jul 11, 2012 22:35 IST
A teacher and a student were among three persons killed while 50 others injured when a school bus carrying students on a picnic trip plunged into a gorge near Gulmarg tourist resort in Kashmir's Baramulla district on Wednesday.
The bus carrying students of Iqra Educational Institute of Kupwara district was on way to Baba Reshi shrine near Gulmarg when it fell into the gorge at Nambal Nard near Tangmarg, 45 kms from Srinagar, police said.
Rescue teams managed to evacuate 53 persons - students and staff members - to a hospital. However, two of the injured, 25-year-old teacher Jehangir Dar and 13-year-old student Owais Manzoor Wani, were declared dead in the hospital, they said.
The bus driver, Akhtar Hussain, succumbed to injuries later, while four others seriously injured had been referred to Soura Medical Institute in Srinagar.
Meanwhile, the state government announced an ex-gratia of Rs one lakh to the kin of each of those killed in the accident and Rs 25,000 for those injured from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.
Chief minister Omar Abdullah has expressed grief over the loss of life in the accident.
Minister of state for home Nasir Asalm Wani visited the injured students at SMHS and other hospitals.
Meanwhile, authorities have cancelled registration of the private school for taking children for picnic without seeking a prior permission.
Director school education Shafi Rather ordered chief education officer Kupwara to withdraw registration of Iqra Public School Khumriyal-Lolab.
"The school had defied the government order issued earlier to all schools for not proceeding on an outing without permission of the education department," Rather said in a statement.
The Director asked all the heads of the government and private institutions to take utmost care about the safety of students during such outings.
"The delinquent heads of the institutions should be dealt with severely," he warned.