36 killed in tragic Doda road accident

JAMMU (KIMS) — At least 36 people were killed and 19 were injured in a tragic road accident in Assar area of Doda district in Jammu region on Wednesday.

Reports said, a passenger bus bearing registration number JK02CN-6555 was on way from Kishtwar to Jammu when it skidded off the road and fell into 300-feet gorge near Trungal-Assar area of the district, resulting in death to 36 persons and injuries to 19.

Soon after the incident, a rescue operation was launched by the joint team of security forces, they said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha have expressed grief over the incident.

“The bus accident in Doda, Jammu and Kashmir is distressing. My condolences to the families who have lost their near and dear ones. I pray that the injured recover at the earliest,” PMO India said in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

He announced that an ex-gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh each would be given to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each would be given to the injured from the from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF).

“Deeply anguished to learn about the loss of precious lives due to a tragic bus accident at Doda, Jammu and Kashmir. The local administration is conducting the rescue operation in the gorge where the bus had the accident. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured,” Shah said in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

“Extremely pained by the loss of lives in a tragic bus accident in Assar, Doda. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families & wishing for a speedy recovery of those injured in the accident. Directed Div Com & District Admin to provide all necessary assistance to affected persons,” Office of LG J&K said in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

The political and social figures of the Union Territory have also expressed grief over the loss of lives in this tragic accident. — (KIMS)