Srinagar, Jul 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condoled the loss of lives in Kishtwar road accident and termed it a “heart-wrenching” incident.
The accident occurred when a minibus rolled down a hilly road and fell into a deep gorge, resulting in the death of around 39 people and many are critically injured.
“The accident in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar is heart-wrenching. We mourn all those who lost their lives and express condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest,” Modi tweeted.
Governor Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief over the loss of lives in a tragic minibus accident at Keshwan area of Kishtwar district.
In a condolence message, Governor has conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls.
The Raj Bhavan Spokesperson informed that few months ago Governor had directed officers of the Transport Department to take away unfit vehicles and untrained drivers off the road. Governor observed that most of the accidents take place due to careless and untrained drivers who drive without any regard for rules and regulations and become reason for loosing so many precious lives.
Governor added that all the reasons for such incidents will be probed thoroughly and strong decisions will be taken in the next SAC meeting to ensure strict action against those responsible for such avoidable incidents.
Governor has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of the kin of the deceased and directed the administration to provide best medical treatment to the injured in the accident and wished speedy recovery to them.
Advisors to the Governor, K Vijay Kumar, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, K. K. Sharma and K. Skandan have expressed deep shock and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in a tragic road accident at Keshwan area of Kishtwar district today morning.
In a joint condolence message, the Advisors have conveyed their heart-felt sympathies with the bereaved families over their irreparable loss and prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls. They also directed the Divisional and District administrations to provide the best possible medical treatment to those injured in the accident.
National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah on Monday expressed deep grief over the death of 35 passengers in a tragic road accident at Keshwan in Kishtwar District.
“My heart goes to all those who have lost their dear ones in the accident,” Dr Farooq Abdullah said in a message and wished early recovery to the injured.
In a separate message, National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah expressed grief over the deaths and prayed for early recovery of the injured.
Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah conveyed their condolences to the bereaved families, prayed for peace to the departed souls and strength to the bereaved family members to bear this irreparable loss.
National Conference General Secretary Haji Ali Mohammed Sagar, Provincial President Jammu Devender Singh Rana, former minister and MLC Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo, Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy Former Minister District President Doda, Qazi Jalal Ud Din Ex-MLA Vice President Jammu Province, Brij Mohan Sharma Ex-MLC Vice President Jammu Province, Dr. Chaman Lal Bhagat Ex-MLA, Tanveer Ahmed Kichloo District President Kishtwar and Sajjad Shaheen District President Ramban, have also expressed grief over the deaths, prayed for peace to the departed souls and conveyed condolences to the bereaved families.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and President Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti has expressed grief and sorrow over the tragic road accident in Kishtwar in which at least 35 people have been killed.
Mehbooba termed the incident excruciating and expressed condolences with the families of those who have lost their dear ones. She also wished speedy recovery to those who have been injured in the accident.
The PDP President termed the frequent occurrence of fatal road accidents in Jammu and Kashmir a deeply disturbing trend while asking the government to ensure that proper road safety measures are being taken to avoid loss of precious human lives.
She added that the state was yet to come out of the grief inflicted by Peer Ki Gali accident in which 11 students were killed and Monday’s gruesome Kishtwar episode is enough to make the government ponder over why the road links in the state especially in hilly areas are becoming the death traps for common masses with each passing day.
The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has expressed profound grief over the death of 32 persons in a tragic accident after a minibus fell into a deep gorge in Keshwan area of Kishtwar district today morning, describing the loss of precious lives as very unfortunate, painful & shocking.
In a statement, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir has expressed deep sorrow and anguish over the death of 32 person in a tragic accident in Kishtwar district and conveyed deepest condolences to bereaved families.
“The loss of precious lives in Kishtwar has dismayed me, I have no words to express my grief over the loss of precious lives in Kishtwar, I convey my heartfelt condolences to bereaved families and pray for eternal peace to departed souls,” Mir said.
“The regular incident of loss of lives in road accidents in Chenab valley and elsewhere in J&K was matter of serious concern, the authorities dealing with road transport must wake from a deep slumber and should take urgent effective measures to ensure safety of passengers in hilly and plain area in the State,” G.A. Mir added”.
Mir also expressed solidarity with the bereaved families and prayed for their courage to bear the irreparable loss, he also prayed for the speedy recovery of injured people.
JKPCC President asked the Govt to ensure urgent treatment of injured people, sought full compensation to those, who lost their dear ones in this tragic accident.