Jammu and Kashmir : In a shocking and unfortunate incident, a minis bus fell into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district killing more than 20 people.
According to reports, the bus was travelling to Kishtwar from Keshwan with almost 45 people in it, when it toppled and fell into the gorge.
The mini bus was on its way towards Kishtwar from Keshwan when it veered off the road and fell into the gorge at Sirgwari around 7:30 am in the morning.
The death toll might increase as the rescue operation is still underway. Around 22 have been reported to be injured and are admitted in different hospitals.
Senior Jammu and Kashmir politicians Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah condoled the deaths.
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“Saddened to hear about the tragic accident in Kishtwar. Deepest condolences to families of the bereaved,” Ms Mufti tweeted.
Overloading, over-speeding and bad roads have led to tragic accidents in the hills of Doda, Kishtwar, Rajouri and Poonch districts in the past as well.
On June 27, 11 students of private computer training institute died after their mini bus fell into a gorge in Pir Ki Gali area of the Mughal Road that connects the Rajouri-Poonch districts in the Jammu division.
Following this incident, authorities in Poonch district have banned all excursions by educational institutions unless specifically allowed by the district administration.