Eight persons died in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district on Tuesday after a vehicle they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into a gorge, PTI reported.
Three persons were injured in the accident.
The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon, when a sports utility vehicle travelling from the village of Chingam to Chatroo in the Kishtwar district fell into a 300-foot deep gorge, according to the Hindustan Times. The accident took place near the Bonda village.
Those who died have been identified as Bashir Ahmed, Nazir Ahmed, Mohammed Akbar, Fareed, Nusrat Banoo, Fareed Hussain, Shareef and Noor Hussain. Rescue teams had found five persons dead on the spot. Three others died while being taken to a hospital.
The injured persons – Khatoon Begum, Akhter Hussain and Manzoor Ahmad – are being treated at a government hospital, unidentified officials told PTI.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Rs 2 lakh each would be given from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to the kin of those who died. The injured persons would be given Rs 50,000 each, he added.
“Saddened by the accident in Kishtwar,” Modi said on Twitter. “My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover at earliest.”
Deputy Commissioner Devansh Yadav said that the local administration will provide compensation to those injured and pay for their treatment, ANI reported.