Jammu and Kashmir: 15 killed, 19 injured as minibus falls into gorge near Banihal

PTI Jammu Oct 06, 2018, 02.48 PM(IST)

Jammu and Kashmir Photograph:( ANI )

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The vehicle which was en route to Ramban from Banihal rolled down the 200-feet-deep gorge, said Senior Superintendent of Police, Ramban, Anita Sharma. According to an officer, the rescue operation was immediate and 15 people were taken to the hospital.

At least 15 people were killed and 19 injured when a minibus fell into a deep gorge along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway near here, a senior police officer said on Saturday.

“So far, 10 bodies were retrieved from the accident site, while 15 people rushed to a hospital,” Deputy Inspector General of Police, Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban range, Rafiq-ul-Hassan said.

SSP, Ramban, Anita Sharma said the jam-packed minibus was going to Ramban from Banihal.

On reaching Kela morh near Maroof, the driver lost control and the vehicle rolled down into the 200-feet-deep gorge, she said.

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According to the Deputy Inspector General of Police, the death toll might go up as the rescue operation was still in progress and the condition of some of the injured was stated to be “critical”.

He said police and Army personnel, along with local volunteers, are engaged in the rescue operation.