24 pilgrims injured in bus accident near Shiv Khori

Injured pilgrims being rescued by the locals on Thursday. -Excelsior/ Mengi
Injured pilgrims being rescued by the locals on Thursday. -Excelsior/ Mengi

Excelsior Correspondent
REASI, June 5: At least twenty four (24) pilgrims were injured, three of them seriously when a bus carrying them to Shiv Khori in district Reasi over turned on the road near Kattari Kanda under Taryath police jurisdiction  this afternoon.
Reports said the mishap took place  around 4.15 pm when the bus No. RS05AP /1497, loaded with Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrims was on way to holy cave of  Lord Shiva at Shiv Khori from Katra. About 36 passengers were on board. As the vehicle reached near Kattari Kanda T-junction, about 8 kms short of Shiv Khori, the driver lost control after brake failure. He tried to stop the bus and hit the vehicle on the side hill. The vehicle after striking  against the hill was over turned on the road.
Immediately after the mishap, the locals of the area and police party from Taryath police Post reached there. This spot Kattari Kanda falls under Taryath in Kalakote. All the pilgrims hail from Mathura city in Uttar Pradesh. They were on pilgrimage to Katra Mata Vaishno Devi and Shiv Khori.
The police shifted seven injured persons to nearby  Taryath Community Health Centre (CHC) while three seriously injured were referred to Govt Medical College Hospital, Jammu. They were identified as Indira Devi ( 53) wife of Vikay Kumar of Mathura, Sudha (42), wife of Brij Mohan and Ambika (45)  from Mathura. Fourteen others were admitted to Pouni Hospital in district Reasi.
Those admitted to CHC Taryath are identified as bus driver Randhir Singh, Jeetu (18), Jitender Singh (40), Fuleshwar Singh (45), Prem Chand (30), Jeeta (35) and Gunjan (18).
Fourteen others undergoing treatment in Pouni Hospital are- Vijay Upadhyaye (55), Dharyam Singh (70), Sunita Devi (55), Jamuna Parsad (50), Parkash Bagil (28),  Radha Mohan (40), Gayatri Devi, Pardeep ( 2 yrs), Manish Upadhyaye, Pankaj Sharma (25), Satyajeet (45), Himmat Kaushik (22), Rekha Prasher (15) and Pawan Upadhyaye –all from Mathua city in Uttar Pradesh.

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