Srinagar, Sep 14: As many as 15 persons were killed in a minibus accident in Kishtwar district.
A police official said that the accident occurred at Dandaran, near Thakrai, when the driver of the mini bus, which was on its way to Kishtwar from the Keshwan area, lost control of it and the vehicle plunged into the over-300-foot gorge, near the Chenab riverbed, on Friday morning.
The bus was carrying over 30 passengers, he said, adding that the rescue operation was launched immediately after the accident.
Kishtwar Deputy Commissioner Angrez Singh Rana said the district administration was making efforts to airlift eight critically-injured passengers to Jammu. “The next of the kin of the deceased will be given an ex gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh each, while Rs 50,000 will be given to each of the injured persons,” Rana said.
This is the third major accident in Kishtwar district in the last one month.