Zojila road accident leaves 9 passengers including father-son duo dead

Ganderbal, May 26, KNT: Nine passengers including a father-son duo were killed in a fatal road accident late Tuesday night.

The accident took place near Chini Nallah at Zojila Pass on the Srinagar-Kargil road.

While talking to news agency Kashmir News Trust Station House Officer Police Station Sonmarg Younis Bashir said that they recovered 7 bodies shortly after the accident while two more bodies were retrieved on Wednesday morning.

“Nine persons died in the accident among which two are from Jammu and Kashmir while a 20-year-old youth who have sustained injuries has been shifted to SKIMS Soura,” the police official said.

Divulging information about the accident he said that an ill-fated Taveera JK12-7466 were on way to Srinagar from Kargil. The driver lost control over the vehicle near Chini nallah and it rolled down and fell into 800 feet gorge. Nine passengers including the driver died on the spot while a passenger suffered injuries.

Among the nine dead, seven have been identified as Azhar Iqbal son of Liyakat Hussain (driver) of Poonch, Ankit Dileep son of Dileep Kumar of Surat, Gujarat, Gandhi Marmu son of Mangal Marmu and his father Mangal Marmu son of Qadam Marmu of Jharkhand, Ranjit Kumar son of Rohit Kumar, a resident of Phathankot Punjab, Muhammad Aslam Parray son of Abdul Rashid Parray of Kulgam, Nanak Chand son of Bhagvan Chand of Mathura, UP.

The injured passenger identified as Arvind Yadav son of Dayanand Yadav of Jharkhand has been undergoing treatment at SKIMS Soura.

Pertinently, passenger vehicles from Kargil to Srinagar are allowed to ply only from 6 AM onward as per Traffic Advisory, however, this ill-fated vehicle was on its way to Srinagar in violation of traffic advisory. (KNT)


Neyaz Elahi

Neyaz Elahi, who switched from Electronic to Print Media is a Kashmir based Accredited Journalist who has written extensively on Kashmir for local, national and international web portals. He is currently associated with Srinagar based News Agency Kashmir News Trust (KNT).

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