STATE TIMES NEWS Jammu: Five members of a family, including two women, were killed on Wednesday when their vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge in Kishtwar district, a police official said. The accident happened when the family was carrying the body of a baby from Jammu to their Bahadat village in Drabshalla for last rites, he said. Near Paani Nallah, the driver of the private car lost control over the wheels, the official said. The deceased were identified as Pawan Kumar (32), his wife Rekha Devi (26), Rita Devi (30), Kewal Krishan (37) and P Kumar (30). Deputy Commissioner, Rajinder Singh Tara expressed grief over the loss of precious lives in a maruti car accident near Kuligad Drabshalla of Kishtwar district. He said that after receiving the information, Civil Administration, Army, Police, and District Red Cross Society along with locals, rushed to the spot and started a rescue operation.
District administration provided immediate relief to the tune of Rs. 30 thousand in favour of next kin of deceased family member out of District Red Cross Society and the amount was distributed by Naib Tehisldar Drabshalla Mohd. Ahsan Zaragar.
DDC asked ACR, Dr Amir Hussain to pay visit at the houses of deceased one and ensure necessary help shall be extended in their favour.
Senior Congress leader and former minister G M Saroori expressed grief over the loss of lives and said the repeated road accidents in Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban and Udhampur districts must be a grave concern for the JK administration.
“It is a situation which demands immediate measures and attention of all of us, especially the officers of transport, traffic police, National Highway Authorities and Border Roads Organisation to put forward their departmental specific assignment of the causes responsible for causing accidents in these hilly districts, he said.
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