Local driver, 4 Kerala tourists killed in Zojila accident

Ganderbal: A local driver among five tourists were killed after a vehicle they were travelling in rolled down into a deep gorge at Zojila pass in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.

Witnesses told KNO the vehicle was on its way to Sonmarg and when it reached Panimath, it skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge.

An official said that the driver of the vehicle bearing Reg No Jko4b 5801 lost his control and fell into a deep gorge at Panimath near Zojila pass.

He said that in the incident five tourists died including the local driver. The slain driver has been identified as Aijaz Ahmed Awan, a resident of Satrina, Kangan, Ganderbal, while the slain tourists were identified as Sudesh, Anil, Rahul and Vignash, all residents of Chitur District Pallackad, Kerala.

The three injured Rajesh, Arun and Manoj, who are being treated at SKIMS Soura where their condition is stated as serious.

Police have taken cognizance of the incident and set the investigation into motion.

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