Tyre burst caused Amarnath bus accident: All you need to know in 7 points


Nearly a week after eight Amarnath yatris were killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, a bus carrying yatris met with an accident today.

The death toll in the bus accident has so far climbed to 16 while 19 are reported to be seriously injured.

HERE IS ALL THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE AMARNATH YATRA BUS ACCIDENT:

  1. The bus bearing the registration number JK02Y-0594 fell into Nashrana Nallah in Ramban area of Jammu on the national highway. About 40-42 pilgrims were travelling in the bus, the police said.

  2. The police said that the bus carrying the pilgrims skidded off the road, turned turtle and rolled down the gorge today afternoon.

  3. Inspector General (IG), Jammu SDS Jamwal said that initial reports have confirmed that the bus’ tyre burst is the cause of the accident.

  4. Indian Air Force has pressed into service two MI-17 helicopters to airlift 19 Amarnath yatris from Ramban to government medical college in Jammu.

  5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his condolences to the affected families. “Extremely pained by the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatris due to a bus accident in J&K. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. I pray that those injured in the bus accident in J&K recover soon,” he said.
  6. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has expressed deep shock and grief over the death of the Amarnath yatris.

  7. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he spoke to Mehbooba Mufti regarding the Amarnath Yatra bus accident. “Mehboobaji has apprised me of the ongoing rescue operations. The injured Amarnath yatris are being airlifted for treatment in Jammu,” he said.

(Inputs from Ashwini Kumar)

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