14 killed, 17 injured in Ramnagar mini-bus road accident

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 10/21/2015 5:23:04 PM

UDHAMPUR, Oct 20: Fourteen passengers were killed and seventeen others injured, 10 of them seriously, when a mini-bus fell into a deep gorge in Ramnagar tehsil of Udhampur district, early morning.
The heavily overcrowded minibus was on its way from Ghordi to Ramnagar with mostly college students and government employees, when it fell into a deep gorge near Dalsar area of the Ramnagar Tehsil at 8.20 AM. Fourteen people including eight males, five females and one child died on the spot, whereas 17 others received injuries out of which the condition of seven was reported to be serious. While three persons have been admitted in the Military Hospital, one referred to Government Medical College and 13 under treatment in District Hospital (DH) Udhampur.
The 24 seater six-tyre mini-bus was carrying 31 persons including the drive and cleaner. The driver of ill-fated minibus JK14-C 8068 lost control over the vehicle reportedly while over speeding.
The deceased were identified as Ajay Kumar son of Nek Ram of Surni, Khem Raj son of Tej Ram of Nallah Gorrian, Sapana Devi daughter of Sudesh Kumar of Plassian, Surjoo Devi wife of Tulsi Das of Dalsar, Bindoo Ram son of Chinku of Jandhore, Neshi wife of Shakti of Kanah, Ragbir Singh son of Shaju Singh of Jandhore, Ashok Kumar son of Chait Ram of Ghordi, Ganesh Dutt son of Amar Dutt of Nallaha Mallian, Sushma Devi daughter of Attar Chand of Jandhore, Shailo Devi wife of Kartar Chand of Kanah, Shanti Devi wife of Prem Singh of Massal, Mulkh Raj of Nallah Gorrian and Subash Kumar son of Bittu Ram of Kanah, Ramnagar.
The injured were identified as Polli Devi wife of Vijay Kumar of Nallah Mallian, Geeta Devi, wife of Ganesh of Nallah Mallian, Bal Krishan, son of Mast Ram of Sunetar, Nikhal son of Subash Chand of Ghordi, Yash Paul, son of Lofi Ram of Nallah Mallian, Pooja Devi daughter of Khem Raj of Kannah, Raksha Devi wife of Pritam Singh of Jandhore, Dharmu Devi wife of Suram Chand of Birnoo, Roshan Kumar son of Thakur Das of Kannah, Sudesh Kumar son of Charan Das of Ghordi Khas, Pinky Devi wife of Govind Ram Singh of Nallah Mallian, Monika daughter of Dina Nath of Chowki, Mulkh Raj son of Punu Ram of Ghordi, Chait Ram son of Badri Nath of Dalsar, Dharam Chand son of Suram Chand of Birnoo, Shubham son of Sanjay Kumar of Ghordi and Jeet Kumar son of Mulakh Raj of Jagir Ghordi.
Official report said that soon after receipt of information regarding the accident, a coordinated rescue operation was launched and more than 14 persons were evacuated from the trapped vehicle. Eight ambulances, rescue teams and cranes were rushed to spot. A group of around 50 local youth helped in rescue operation resulting into saving many lives.
Deputy Commissioner Udhampur, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, DIG Udhampur-Reasi Surinder Kumar Gupta along with SSP Suleiman Choudhary, CMO Dr Chander Parkash, ARTO Rajesh Gupta and DySP Traffic rushed to the spot.
Eye witnesses informed that driver was reportedly speaking on mobile phone while he lost the control on over speeding to pick passengers as another bus was following it. In last week ARTO Udhampur had challaned a large number of vehicles on the same route realising Rs 80,000 fine. The condition of road at the site of accident was normal.
The coordinated efforts of district administration ensured prompt rescue and recovery operation and immediate treatment at Ramnagar hospital followed by district hospital and referral of 4 to Military Hospital and GMC. The hospitals and emergency services were kept on high alert for prompt response and treatment.
On the directions of state government, the district administration provided relief of Rs 1 lakh each to next kin of dead and Rs 10,000 each to the injured in accident. Rs 14 Lakh was provided to NoK of dead and Rs 90,000 to injured @ Rs 5000 each and Rs 10,000 to one patient shifted to Jammu.
DC Udhampur provided cheques of relief to Tehsildar Ramnagar which were handed over to the aggrieved families.
Meanwhile, an FIR has also been lodged at Ramnagar Police Station for investigation in the matter.
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh has expressed grief over the death of several passengers in Dalsar today. In a condolence message, the Deputy Chief Minister conveyed sympathies to the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul. He also hoped that the injured would recover soon. Dr. Singh further directed the authorities to provide every possible medical assistance to the injured, so that they can recuperate as early as possible.
Minister of State for Finance and IT Pawan Gupta and MLA Ramnagar Ranbir Singh Pathania also visited the spot and Ramnagar hospital to enquire about condition of injured. He immediately reached the spot of accident and personally monitored relief and rescue operations wherein dead were evacuated and injured victims were lifted to District Hospital Udhampur/Military Hospital Udhampur/GMC Jammu.
Pathania after consoling with the families of accident victims informed that Rs. 10,000 to be paid to next kins of victims and Rs 5,000 per will be paid to every injured from Red Cross fund and that Rs 1 lakh per death case shall be paid from Chief Minister Relief Fund. He expressed his gratitude towards the Chief Minister and sought Rs. 50,000 also from Road Transport Corpus Fund for kins, who have lost their dear ones in a tragic accident. He further informed that Union Minister, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh and Ch. Lal Singh, Health minister, also had telephonic conversations expressed sympathies with the victims of accident. Pathania underscored the need of a comprehensive policy-blue-print for preventing road-accidents in Ramnagar area with a motto, “Human life is very precious and could not be easily lost in accidents”.
Immediately after hearing news of the tragic road accident that occurred at Dalsar in Ramnagar, Minister for Health and Medical Education, ARI and Trainings, Ch Lal Singh directed District Hospital and Government Medical College, Jammu authorities to provide free healthcare to the injured. The Minister also directed the district administration to ensure that the accident victims get relief at the earliest.
Minister for Transport, Abdul Ghani Kohli has expressed grief over the tragic road mishap. The Minister expressed condolences with the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls. He also wished early recovery to the injured.
Transport Minister, who immediately after hearing about the unfortunate incident sought detailed report from RTO Jammu about the accident, was informed that this road accident has occurred due to the carelessness of the driver and overloading.



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