10 Killed, 16 Injured in J&K Road Accident

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A minibus carrying passengers went out of the driver’s control at Suigarhi on the Thathri-Doda road and fell into a deep gorge. — Nisar Malik /IANS

JAMMU — Ten people were killed and 16 others injured on Thursday in a road accident in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district, police sources said.

The sources said a minibus carrying passengers went out of the driver’s control at Suigarhi on the Thathri-Doda road and fell into a deep gorge.

The minibus was going en route to Doda town from Thathri.

“A relief and rescue operation was immediately started. The injured are being shifted to hospital,” the sources said.

The hilly Doda district has been infamous for its treacherous roads on which overloading and rash driving often result in fatal accidents.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed grief over the loss of lives in the accident and approved an ex-gratia from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the victims.

“An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the accident in Jammu and Kashmir. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000,” the Prime Minister said. — IANS

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