2 killed, 4 injured during mock drill on Jammu Ropeway project

Injured persons during mock drill on Jammu Ropeway project being shifted to GMCH Jammu on Sunday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
Injured persons during mock drill on Jammu Ropeway project being shifted to GMCH Jammu on Sunday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Guv orders magisterial inquiry, announces ex-gratia

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 20: Two persons were killed while four others received grievous injuries during mock drill on the Jammu Ropeway project near Mahamaya Temple, falling under the jurisdiction of Bagh-e-Bahu Police Station.
As per police sources, six members of a rescue team were conducting mock drill on Jammu Ropeway project, when their rescue trolley tilted and they fell down due to imbalance, resulting into on the spot death of one person and grievous injuries to five others.
After getting information, police team from Police Station Bagh-e-Bahu along with officials of Jammu Ropeway project rushed to the spot and started rescue operation.
All the injured persons were rescued and rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Jammu, where doctors declared one of the injured persons as brought dead, thereby taking the death toll in the incident to two.
The four injured persons were undergoing treatment, when last reports came in.
The deceased have been identified as Hari Krishan Yadav (45) of Bengal, at present Peerkho and Rakesh Kumar (45), a resident of Bihar, at present Peerkho, while the injured were identified as Manjeet Singh of Bengal, at present Peerkho, Balkirat Singh of Trikuta Nagar Jammu, Ravinder of Uttar Pradesh, at present Peerkho and Lovely of Bengal, at present Peerkho.
A case under FIR Number 6/19 has been registered at Bagh-e-Bahu Police Station and investigation started.
The Jammu ropeway project, planned to boost tourism in the winter capital, is likely to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 3.
The 1.66-km-long Cable Car project has two phases, first from Bahu Fort to Mahamaya Park and second from Mahamaya to Peer Kho over the Tawi river, with a total length of 1,118 metres.
Meanwhile, Governor, Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief over the loss of precious lives in the mishap and described the incident as tragic and unfortunate. He has prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls and sympathised with the bereaved families.
The Governor has also announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the mishap. He directed the divisional administration to provide free of cost medical treatment to those who were injured in the mishap.
Malik has ordered a magisterial inquiry to be conducted to know the causes of the incident.
Meanwhile, on the instructions of the Governor, Advisor Khurshid Ahmed Ganai and Chief Secretary BVR Subramanyam visited the injured in the GMCH Jammu late this evening and wished them a speedy recovery.
The Chief Secretary also visited the accident site and took stock of the situation. He directed the Police to sanitize the entire area to prevent any further mishap.