At least seven people were killed after a tree fell on a cable car in Gulmarg on Sunday, according to Jammu & Kashmir police. They accident took place at the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said.
The tree, uprooted by strong winds, fell on the ropeway of Gulmarg Gondola and severed the lines due to which the cable car came crashing to the ground, an official said. Four people belonged to one family from Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh, the official said. They have been identified as Jayant Andraskar, his wife Manshea Andraskar and their two daughters – Anagha and Janhvi, he said. A local, Mukhtar Ahmad, a resident of Chonti Patri Babareshi was also killed, the official said.
Apart from the Andraskars, three persons from Kashmir – Mukhtar Ahmad, a resident of Chonti Patri Babareshi, and Jahangir Ahmad and Farooq Ahmad Chopan, both residents of Tangmarg – were also killed in the accident.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah questioned why the cable car service had not been shut down as a precautionary measure because of high winds. “What terrible news,” he tweeted. “It begs the question as to why the cable car operations weren’t suspended in high winds. That’s a laid down SOP [standard operating procedure],” he posted on Twitter.
with PTI inputs