Amarnath Yatra bus accident: 16 pilgrims dead, rescue operation underway; PM announces compensation

Amarnath Yatra bus accident: According to the report, 11 pilgrims have lost their lives after the bus fell off the Jammu-Srinagar highway.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 16, 2017 7:53 pm
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Several pilgrims are feared dead and over 30 injured after a bus carrying Amarnath Yatris fell into the gorge in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. 19 injured are being airlifted for treatment.

According to a PTI report, 16 pilgrims have lost their lives after the bus fell off the Jammu-Srinagar highway. Army personnel are carrying out the rescue operations.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Ramban, Mohan Lal said, ” The bus carrying the pilgrims skidded off the road, turned turtle and rolled down into the nullah at Nachlana belt of Ramban late this afternoon.” He added, rescue operation was underway.”

Earlier on Monday, seven people were killed and fifteem were injured after terrorists opened fire on a bus carrying 17 pilgrims from Baltal to Mir Bazar. The terrorists also attacked a police party in Bantigoo area.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter to express condolence to those who lost their life in the accident. He said, “Extremely pained by the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatris due to a bus accident in J&K. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. I pray that those injured in the bus accident in J&K recover soon.”

PM Modi has also announced ex gratia of Rs. 2 lakhs for next of kin of those killed & Rs. 50,000 for those seriously injured.

Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh has spoken to J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti regarding the unfortunate accident near Ramban. He said, ” My heart goes out to the families of Amarnath Yatris who lost their loved ones in the bus accident. My prayers are with the injured. Spoke to J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Muftiji regarding the unfortunate accident of the bus carrying Amarnath Yatris near Ramban.”

More details are awaited

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    Mbc220cdi
    Jul 17, 2017 at 1:41 am
    Karma ! No one can run away from it. These are the people who do evil things all their life and seek to meet the god. try to be a good human ,feed the poor , help the needy ,respect elders - u don't need to find the god but the god will come to u instead. Respect humanity .religion is sh it.
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      g
      Jul 17, 2017 at 4:16 am
      This is Narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision,” Sonia h i said.
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        SK Gupta
        Jul 17, 2017 at 4:59 am
        Who taught you about Karma ??
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          Zakir Husaien
          Jul 17, 2017 at 5:29 am
          You are exactly right about KARMA, but religion teaches all these. Also one can't get peace or God on a mountain top.
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          Enthiran
          Jul 16, 2017 at 11:34 pm
          I told you guys, the attack on the pilgrims was a handiwork of cunning, sly, criminal minded jackals. It now appears for blaming the attack on Kashmeres, INSTANT KARMA has been delivered by Lord Krishna.
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            g
            Jul 17, 2017 at 4:17 am
            This is Narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision,” Sonia h i said.
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            SK Gupta
            Jul 16, 2017 at 11:31 pm
            Human lives are cheap in India. Nobody gives a ! Road accidents, train accidents, people drowning from floods, at beeches, from sicknesses makes no difference to the establishment!! They only want your taxes. And give nothing in return!
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              Dinakar
              Jul 16, 2017 at 11:29 pm
              Will STATE TERRORIST Rajnath Singh and ASPIRING INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST NARENDRA MODI answer this? Or is it going to be a simple compensation of 1 lakhs for each dead? Shouldn't those EXECUTIVE TERRORISTS PROCURE SAFETY TECHNOLOGY TOO FROM A FOREIGN COUNTRY SINCE FOR 70 YEARS BRAHMIN SCOUNDRELS APPOINTED AS HEADS OF ALL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS HAD NO BRAIN ABSOLUTELY TO DEVELOP ANY TECHNOLOGY OTHER THAN "APPOINTING BRAHMIN D I K HEADS AS HEADS JUST FOR A JOB TECHNOLOGY "?
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                Rahul
                Jul 16, 2017 at 11:31 pm
                Hey, you know the brahmin D I K HEADS you mentioned are the only intelligent species in the world!!!
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                  Zakir Husaien
                  Jul 17, 2017 at 5:32 am
                  Who says about gau mutra? Cow is mother of human?
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                STATE.TERRORISM.OF.AFFAIRS
                Jul 16, 2017 at 11:10 pm
                THis is an excellent case study of STATE TERRORISM for leaving the fate of the dead to KARMA and not to the responsibility of the STATE.
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                  naveen
                  Jul 16, 2017 at 6:40 pm
                  it is learnt that driver was trying to save a cow on road and decided to give samadhi to all yatris and thus saved one gau mata and killed 16 gau bhakts -
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                    bitterhoney
                    Jul 16, 2017 at 11:07 pm
                    What a great comment. I appreciate it.
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                      Suren Singh Sahni
                      Jul 17, 2017 at 4:27 am
                      Truth prevails.One of the best comments.
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                      EVM selected FEKU
                      Jul 16, 2017 at 6:35 pm
                      16 parasites aka dharti ke boj reduced from india -
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                        Jimmy
                        Jul 16, 2017 at 5:28 pm
                        Check the religion of the Bus Driver if he is a Hindu its bad roads and if he is a Muslim he is a terrorist this is current mindset of the nation When a Muslim Driver man saves 53 lifes off chasing armed gunmen he is admire alone but his whole community is blamed bcoz of 7 ppl killed Another incident whole train cant save a life of one boy bcoz he was a beef eater
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                          Zakir Husaien
                          Jul 17, 2017 at 5:34 am
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