Poonch: At least 11 persons were killed and 27 others were injured in a tragic road accident at Saujiyan area of Poonch district of J&K on Wednesday.
Officials told a local news gathering agency that a bus bearing number JK12-1419 was on way to Mandi town from Saujiyan when it plunged into a deep gorge at Birari Nallah.
“The accident took place at around 08 AM. A rescue operation was started soon after the incident by army, police and locals,” they said.
The officials said that all the injured were evacuated from the site of accident and taken to sub district hospital Mandi from where most of the injured were referred to district hospital Poonch.
“Eleven passengers lost their lives in the accident. Eight died on the spot and two others succumbed at sub-district hospital Mandi while another one succumbed in district hospital Poonch,” the officials said.
Officials identified the deceased as Maroof Ahmed (14) son of Manzoor Ahmed resident of Gagriyan, Bashir Ahmed (40) son of Mohammada Lone resident of Gagriyan, Razia Akhter (28) daughter of Mushtaq Ahmed resident of Gagriyan, Zarina Begum (40) resident of Gagriyan, Mohammad Hussain (65) son of Mangha Khan resident of Gagriyan, , Nazma Akhter (20) daughter of Bashir Ahmed resident of Gagriyan, Imran Ahmed (5) son of Mohammad Altaf resident of Gagriyan, Abdul Karim (70) son of Subhana Dar resident of Bedar, Abdul Qayoom (40) son of Akbar Din resident of Saral, Shaheeda Akhter (32) wife of Altaf Hussain resident of Gagriyan, and Abdul Majid (65) son of Ahmeda.
Officials said that 27 people got injured in the accident with five among them were airlifted and referred to GMC Jammu while others are under treatment in district hospital Poonch and sub district hospital Mandi.
“Injured include Ghulam Mustafa, Sameer Ahmed, Iram Koser, Mohammad Azad, Hanifa Begum, Liaqit Ali, Nazia Akhter, Mohd Akber, Mohd Iqbal, Tariq Ahmed, Jameel Akhter, Sonya Akhter, Abdul Ahad, Mukhtar Ahmed, Mohd Ismail, Abdul Majid, Nazia Akhter, Mohd Alam, Nazima Akhter, Jasvinder Singh, Sanaullah, Ghulam Mohammad, Adil Ahmed, Kamran Ahmed, Farhan Ahmed, Mumtaz Ahmed and Saleema Akhter,” the officials said.
Police said that a case under relevant sections of law has been registered in police station Mandi under relevant sections of law and investigation has been started.