NEW DELHI, July 16:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed pain at the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatris due to a bus accident in Jammu and Kashmir.
“My thoughts are with the families of the deceased,” he said in a tweet.
“I pray that those injured in the bus accident in Jammu and Kashmir recover soon,” Modi said.
He also announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased Amarnath pilgrims and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and took stock of the situation following the death of 17 Amarnath pilgrims.
During the telephonic conversation, the Chief Minister apprised the Home Minister on the accident of the bus and the rescue operation.
She informed that Government has set up a helpline for inquiry about the Amarnath pilgrims travelling in the bus that met with the accident in Ramban. The helpline numbers are – 091-2560401, and 0191-2542000.
The Home Minister also had a telephonic conversation with the Governor who visited the accident site.
Vohra too apprised him of the situation.
“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,” the Home Minister tweeted.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has also condoled the death of Amarnath pilgrims.
“Saddened by the loss of lives of #Amarnath Yatris in a bus accident in J&K. Deepest condolences to the bereaved families,” Jaitley tweeted. (PTI)