4 non-local residents killed, 28 injured in Awantipora accident

LG asks district admin to provide all necessary assistance; DC announces ex-gratia relief

Srinagar: At least four persons were killed and 28 more were injured after a bus they were travelling in turned turtle at Awantipora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday.

An official told a local news gathering agency that a bus bearing registration number JK02BA 1881 turtle on National Highway in Gooripora area of Awantipora in which around 23 passengers received injuries.

They said that all the injured were shifted to hospital for treatment, however, three of them succumbed on the way to the hospital while another succumbed to his injuries at SDH Pampore.

He identified them as Nasrudin Ansari S/o Islam Ansari of Khairawa Tola Pakri Harditerha West Champaran, Bihar – 845451, Raj Karan Das S/o Shivu as Singhari Gobindpur Kishanganj, Khatia Pichhia, Bihar – 855117, Saleem Ali S/o Mohd Alauddin R/o Hakimnagar Chilhapara, Katihar, Telta Bihar – 854317 and Kaisher Alam S/o Sheo Majaqurul R/O Birnagar Sharifnagar Barsoiqhat, Katihar, Bihar- 854317.

He said that among 28 injured persons five with minor injuries were being treated at SDH Pampore who have been discharged while others were shifted to SMHS Srinagar, two to SKIMS Soura and 10 to Bone and Joint hospital Srinagar where the condition of a few more is said to be critical.

Meanwhile, police have taken cognizance and started an investigation in this regard.

Meanwhile LG Manoj Sinha expressed grief over the incident and directed district administration to provide all assistance to the affected persons.

“I am deeply anguished by the unfortunate Bus accident in Awantipora today, in which precious lives have been lost and many others have been injured. I have issued instructions to the District Administration to provide all necessary assistance to the affected persons,” Office of the LG tweeted.

“District Administration is in touch with the bereaved families in Bihar to provide all possible help. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and I wish speedy recovery to those injured.” Office of the LG tweeted later.

Deputy Commissioner Pulwama announced the ex-gratia of one lac for each deceased, Rs 25 Thousand for critically injured and Rs 10,000 for persons with minor injuries

“On the directions of HLG, DC Pulwama announced the ex gratia of one lac  for each deceased and Rs 25,000 for the  injured. Also ensured the best medical treatment for the injured in hospitals,” DC Pulwama tweeted.

DC Pulwama Baseer Ul Haq Choudhary said that all formalities to take dead bodies back to Bihar have been completed and administration will bear the expenses to take them back to home for last rites.

He also visited SMHS & B & B&J hospitals to inquire about the health of the persons who were injured in the bus accident in Awantipora.

He ensured that best possible health care shall be extended to the injured. (KNO)

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