2 killed, 57 injured as overloaded bus rolls down

Rescue teams near wreckage of passenger bus, which fell into deep gorge near Udhampur on Thursday.
Rescue teams near wreckage of passenger bus, which fell into deep gorge near Udhampur on Thursday.

38 seater bus was carrying 59 passengers

Excelsior Correspondent
UDHAMPUR, Jan 24: Two persons were killed and 57 others got injured when an overloaded passenger bus slipped into a deep gorge near Khu Nallah on Udhampur- Ramnagar road, under the jurisdiction of Udhampur Police Station, this afternoon.
The 38 seater bus was carrying 59 passengers, including five children. One person died on the spot while another succumbed to his injuries at Sub-District Hospital Ramnagar.

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The accident took place around 2.15 pm when the bus, bearing registration number JK02Q-5353, was on its way from Udhampur to Ramnagar and according to the driver, he lost control over the vehicle because of slippery conditions on the sloppy road near Khu Nallah. The bus skidded off the road and slipped into about 100 feet deep gorge resulting into on spot death of one person and injuries to 58 others.
Deputy Commissioner Udhampur, Ravinder Kumar and SSP Udhampur Rajiv Pandey along with police team rushed to the spot and started rescue operation with the help of locals. The injured persons were shifted to District Hospital Udhampur and Sub-District Hospital Ramnagar.
One of the injured succumbed to his injuries at Ramnagar Hospital taking the death toll to two. Two injured were referred to Military Hospital Udhampur and two others to Government Medical College Hospital Jammu in view of their serious condition.
The deceased were identified as Mohamed Haruan (25), son of Nazir Ahmed of Khu Nallah and Krishan Lal (72), son of Shonku Ram of Ramnagar.
Till last reports came in, 11 persons were undergoing treatment at Sub-District Hospital Ramnagar and 40 others were admitted at District Hospital Udhampur.
DIG Udhampur-Reasi Range, Suleman Choudhary, Ex MLA Udhampur Pawan Kumar Gupta and Ex MLA Ramnagar, Ranbir Singh Pathania visited hospital and took stock of the arrangements for best possible treatment to the injured.
For immediate relief to the victims, cash assistance of Rs 20 thousand has been provided to each critically injured passenger and Rs 10 thousand each to other injured, through Red Cross Society.
The injured were identified as Ridhima (20) daughter of Ravi Kumar of Ramnagar, Neetika (22) daughter of Rakesh Kumar of Ramnagar, Akritika (22) daughter of Romesh Kumar of Kidmo Ramnagar, Reeta Devi (40) wife of Tara Chand of Kaghote, Ravi Kumar (24) son of Diwan Chand of Kaghot, Nisha Rani (27) wife of Vijay Singh of Ramnagar, Tanu (3) daughter of Vijay Singh of Ramnagar, Anil Sharma (17) son of Hans Raj of Kaghot, Atul Sharma (17) son of Mohan Lal of Kaghot, Seema Devi (19) daughter of Suraj Chand of Dalsar Ramnagar, Kanta Devi (50) wife of Suraj Chand of Dalsar, Shamim (25) wife of Mohd Jalil of Falata Garnai, Shafyat (8) son of Jalil of Garnai, Dr Sumit son of Dr Prem Dass of Sanik Colony Jammu, Reva (25) wife of Rakesh of Bhugtran, Pushpa Devi (24) wife of Sanjay Kumar of Basantgarh, Sindhu Ram (18) son of Romesh Chander of Kaghot, Mohd Jalil (40) son of Mohd Hanief of Falata, Krishan Lal (40) son of Shonku Ram of Baryal, Sheelo Devi (40) wife of Madan Lal of Kaghot, Ardaya (4) daughter of Rakesh Kumar of Bhutrian, Isha (24) daughter of Joginder Mohan of Ramnagar, Romesh Kumar (45) son of Bindu Ram of Jagal, Deepak (31) son of Shallu Ram of Kujwani Jammu, Neha Devi (22) wife of Pawan Kumar of Dehari Ramnagar, Rakesh Kumar (25) son of Shanker Dass of Kalwanta, Mohd. Youns (19) son of Saij Din of Doda, Bilal Ahmed (19) son of Saij Din of Bartun Rajgarh, Mohd Iqbal (35) son of Mohd Sai of Khu Nallha, Madan Singh (27) son of Badri Nath of Darmalt Ramnagar, Sushma Devi alias Anju Devi (32) wife of Dhani Ram of Kanah, Yash Paul son of Anchal Singh of Ramnagar, Ganesh Dutt (40) son of Gian Chand of Kogad Mad, Titru Ram (55) son of Tunia of Kaghot, Lundi Ram (59) son of Mania of Chanunta, Arti Devi wife of Parveen of Kaghot, Rakesh Kumar son of Chuni Lal of Battal Balian Udhampur, Akshay son of Suraj Parkash of Chowki, Satish Sharma son of Badri Nath of Ramnagar, Shallu Devi wife of Kartar Chand of Jakhani Udhampur, Ram Dass son of Nathu Ram of Ramnagar, Poonam daughter of Sanjay Kumar of Basantgarh, Geeta Devi (30) wife of Sumit Kumar of Majouri, Anamika (6) daughter of Sumit Kumar of Majori, Simran Devi (21) daughter of Randir Singh of Bhatyari, Ayub Malik (42) son of Mohd Maqbool of Ramnagar, Pardeep Kumar (23) son of Sudesh Kumar of Dehari, Rakesh Sharma (19) Mulkh Raj of Kulwanta, Ankush (18) son of Mulkh Raj of Kulwanta, Sanjay Kumar (39) son of Bishan Dass of Badhole, Milan Sharma (32) son of Sanjay Kumar of Nimbla, Karan Singh (58) son of Himat Singh of Nimbla, Rakesh Sharma (18) son of Rattan Chand of Dheeran, Arjun Sharma (23) son of Subhash Chander of Marta, Jaggo Ram (21) son of Polla Ram of Samna Banj and driver of the bus Rakesh Kumar, son of Chuni Lal of Battal Balian, Udhampur.