5 dead, 12 injured as bus plunges into gorge in Rajouri

RAJOURI — Five persons were killed and 12 others injured when the bus they were travelling in plunged into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, officials said on Thursday.

The bus, which was on its way to Jammu from Surankote Poonch, skidded off the road and plunged into the gorge at Deri Ralyot in Manjakote area, they said.

The accident comes a day after 11 people were killed and 28 others injured in another accident in Poonch district.

Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha expressed anguish over the loss of lives in a tragic accident in Rajouri.

“Anguished by the loss of lives due to a tragic accident in Rajouri. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest. The district administration is providing all possible assistance,” LG said in a tweet.