16 Amarnath pilgrims killed as bus falls into gorge

Jammu & Kashmir, 16 Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 19 others injured after a vehicle they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into a gorge on Jammu Srinagar national highway in Ramban district today.

A senior police spokesman told AIR that 19 injured were being airlifted for specialized treatment while 8 others have sustained minor injuries.

Security officials said that a bus carrying yatris was heading towards Srinagar for Amarnath cave when it met with an accident after a tyre burst near Army Camp Nachilana under police station Banihal on the highway.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief on the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatris due to a bus accident in Jammu and Kashmir. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, his thoughts are with the families of the deceased.

He also prayed that those injured in the bus accident recover soon. 16 pilgrims were killed and several others injured when their vehicle fell into a gorge on the Jammu- Srinagar National Highway in Ramban district.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also expressed grief on the loss of life of Amarnath yatris in Ramban Bus accident. In a tweet, Mr Singh said, his heart goes out to the families of Amarnath Yatris who lost their loved ones in the bus accident.

He also prayed are with the injured. Mr Singh spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on the bus accident. Ms Mufti apprised Mr Singh of the ongoing rescue operations. The injured Amarnath Yatris were airlifted for treatment in Jammu.

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