State Times News Bhadarwah/Jammu: Five persons, including three women, were killed and nine others injured, when a mini bus came under a boulder after a landslide hit a stretch of road in Doda district on Wednesday, officials said. The mini bus was on its way to Gandoh from Thathri, when the boulder hit it at Piyakul belt late afternoon on Wednesday, they said. Sub-Divisional Police Officer Gandoh Bhallesa Nawaz Khanday said five persons were killed and nine others injured in the incident. Mohd Anwar Banday, SDM Thathri, said preliminary reports suggest that the mini bus, which was crossing the muddy patch, came under debris and rocks after a sudden landslide. Locals and police immediately reached the spot and after rescuing the passengers, shifted them to Primary Health Centre (PHC) Kahara. Initially, three persons died on the spot and 11 others were injured, some of them critically. Later on, two more succumbed in the hospital, they said. The deceased have been identified as Shakeela Bagum, wife of Gh Nabi Bhat, resident of Kanoo Tehsil Kahara Bhalessa; Mansoor Ahmad, son of Saif Din Butt, resident of Kanoo Teh Khara; Gulshan Bagum, wife of Mansoor Ahmed, resident of Kanoo Tehsil Kahara; Mudaser Husain, resident of Joura Tehsil Kahara and Kamlesha Devi, resident of Shechal Tehsil Kahara Bhalessa. Those who are undergoing treatment at Trauma Hospital Thathri and Gandoh are, Shafqat Hussain, son of Din Mohd, resident of Batoli; Rashida Begum, wife of Jalil Ahmed, resident of Budi Jura; Shakuntla Devi, wife of Mulak Raj, resident of Ranjana, Jalil Ahmed, son of Roshan Din, resident of Budi Jura; Nawshad Ahmed, son of Nazir Ahmed Qazi, resident of Tanta and Mohd Aslam, son of Altaf Din, resident of Indlu.
Union Minister Dr JItendra Singh also tweeted, ” Saddened to learn about the death of 5 persons and 9 injured, when a Mini Bus came under a boulder after a landslide hit the road in district #Doda. Keeping ourselves updated through the district administration and offered to provide every possible help required.”
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC), Vice President and Former Minister, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori expressed shock and deep grief over the loss of five precious lives in a tragic accident which took place on Wednesday near Piyakul on Thathri-Kilhotran road.
Saroori has urged Governor J&K Satya Pal Malik and his administration to take effective steps to check road accidents and pass the directions to the traffic department to take adequate and stringent measures to check the recurrence of road accidents. He also urged the Governor to provide adequate ex-gratia relief of Rs. 10 lakh each in favour of the deceased family members.
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