INDIA. Jammu and Kashmir: A bus conveyor carrying strength of 39 security forces personnel, 37 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) including two from the Jammu and Kashmir Police force, was on its way from Chandanwari to Pahalgam.
During the expedition, the bus rolled down into a riverbed of Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district. This mishap occurred due to the failure of the vehicle brake. According to reports, 30 people suffered injuries and six border police personnel lost their lives. The army personnel was deputed for the Amarnath Yatra.
A senior ITBP said, “We are in touch with local administration and teams of disaster management and have rushed to the site for rescue operation”.
The entire news of the accident is confirmed by an ITBP spokesperson, he said, “A bus carrying 39 personnel fell into a roadside river bed after its brakes reportedly failed. The troops were on their way from Chandanwari to Pahalgam. Casualties are feared and more details are awaited.”
Following the tragedy, up to 19 ambulances were dispatched to the scene, and the local authorities launched a significant rescue effort.
According to Piyush Singla, Deputy Commissioner of Anantnag, medical teams at Government Medical College, Anantnag, the district hospital there, and the sub-divisional hospital in Seer have been placed on high alert.
While those who sustained severe injuries received first treatment and were sent to GMC Anantnag, the bodies of the victims were kept at Pahalgam Civil Hospital.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed his condolences for the deceased and wished the injured a swift recovery.
“Anguished to learn about the accident of a bus carrying ITBP and police personnel in Pahalgam, J&K. My prayers and thoughts are with the bereaved families. The injured were rushed to the hospital. May they recover at the earliest,” he said in a tweet.
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