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21 Dead, 69 Injured as Bus Plunges into Deep Gorge in Akhnoor

May 30, 2024

Jammu: At least 21 people died and 69 were injured when a bus carrying pilgrims plunged into a deep gorge in the Chungi Morh area of Akhnoor in Jammu district on Thursday afternoon, officials reported.

As per the officials the ?bus was on way from Hathras in Uttar Pradesh to Shiv Khori area of Reasi district when it met with an accident.

They said that the bus fell around 200 meters into a deep gorge, following which a rescue operation was launched and injured persons were evacuated to hospital.

Block Medical Officer Akhnoor, Muhammad Saleem Khan told KNO that 21 were brought dead to hospital and around 69 were injured. “The critically injured have been referred to GMC Jammu for specialized treatment,” he said.

President Droupadi Murmu expressed grief over the incident. “Pained beyond words to learn about the loss of lives in a bus accident in Akhnoor near Jammu. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families. I wish speedy recovery of the injured,” she said in a post on X.

Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha called the incident as “heart-rending” and said that the administration is providing all possible support.

“The bus accident in Akhnoor, Jammu is heart-rending. I condole the loss of lives and pray to the almighty to give the bereaved families the strength to bear the irreparable loss. Praying for the speedy recovery of the injured. The administration is providing all possible assistance to the bereaved families and is also extending medical facilities to those who have been injured,” he said in a post on X.

Singa announced an ex-gratia of Rs/5 Lakh to be given to the next of kin of each deceased and Rs/50,000 for those injured in the tragic bus accident.


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