Governor, Mehbooba express grief
STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Four persons, including a woman, died while seven others were injured in separate road accidents in Doda district on Friday. Three persons died on- the- spot, when the taxi they were travelling in skidded off the road and rolled down in Gursoo Khelani area on Doda-Batote road this morning,” police said, adding that another injured succumbed to injuries in hospital. The taxi (PB32A-9851), on way to Gundoh from Punjab, skidded off the road near Khelani, police said, adding that two critically-injured were rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu for specialised treatment. The deceased were identified as Khadam Hussain, Haji Ali, Haji Kasam and Bakhya Begum, all residents of Chilli Bhalessa area in Bhaderwah tehsil. The injured were identified as Hassan Din, Haneefa Bano, Layaqat Ali, Shaida Bano, Talib Hussain, all residents of Chilli, Bhalessa, Bhaderwah. Meanwhile, in another accident, one van rolled down at Guwari, in which two persons- Aqib Wani and Muzaffar Wani – were injured and shifted to Sub-District Hospital, Gandoh. Governor N N Vohra expressed grief over the loss of innocent lives in a road accident. He wished speedy recovery to the injured. A Raj Bhavan spokesperson said that the Governor has expressed deep concern over the recurring road accidents and reiterated that concerned agencies must be held accountable for strictly enforcing regulations regarding overloading, over-speeding, condemnation of unfit vehicles and punitive summary fines being imposed on the offenders. He noted that no unqualified and unlicensed person should be allowed to drive any vehicle. Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti also expressed grief over the death of lives. She conveyed her heart-felt sympathies to the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls. She also wished speedy recovery to those injured in the accident. Minister of Public Works Department, Naeem Akhtar has also expressed grief and prayed for early recovery of the injured. The Minister said that given the vulnerability of Batote-Kishtwar road, the Chief Engineer R&B Jammu has been asked to work out the feasibility of providing an alternate link bypassing the existing susceptible stretches. “As soon as the feasibility report for the alternate link is finalized, the R&B Department would start work on it after fulfilling the requisite codal formalities,” the Minister said and added that Rs 90 crore already stand sanctioned for upgradation of Batote-Kishtwar highway.
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