6 killed, 2 injured as 2 cars plunge into stream

Ill-fated vehicle after accident. —Excelsior/Tilak Raj
Ill-fated vehicle after accident. —Excelsior/Tilak Raj

Excelsior Correspondent

DODA, Sept 5: Six people were killed after two cars veered off a mountain road and plunged into a stream in separate incidents here this morning.
Two persons were injured in these two accidents that occurred on the Doda-Bhaderwah road within a span of six hours, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Doda, Abdul Qayoom said.
Around 6.30 am today, an Alto car bearing registration number JK02AA-6186 plunged into the Neeru stream, near Galgandhar, after rolling down about 400 feet, resulting into the death of four people on the spot and critical injuries to another, officer said.
The deceased were identified as Satya Devi, her son Vikram Singh, Lekh Raj and his wife Satisha Devi, all residents of Shiva village, he said, adding that the injured identified as Naseeb Singh was shifted to hospital and later referred to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Jammu for specialised treatment.
Earlier, a private car bearing registration number JK14E-0630 fell into the stream from a height of about 300 feet at Mughal Market, two kms from the site of the second accident.
The accident occurred around 12.30 am and the bodies of Sajad Ahmad of Bhalara Bhaderwah and Ravinder Kumar of Bhaderwah were retrieved from the vehicle, the SSP, who supervised both the rescue operations, said.
Piyush Kumar of Chinta was rescued in a critical condition and has been shifted to GMC Doda, where his condition was stated to be out of danger, when last reports came in.
After completing medical and legal formalities, the bodies of the deceased were handed over to legal heirs for last rites.
Two cases under relevant sections have been registered at Police Station Bhaderwah and investigation started.
It is pertinent to mention here that the latest deaths in road accidents came just a week after eight residents of Bonda village were killed when their taxi plunged into a 300-foot gorge in the Chatroo area of adjoining Kishtwar district.
Senior Supeintendent of Police (SSP) Doda Abdul Qayoom said that the reason behind the accidents is negligent driving. However, the exact reason will be clear once the investigation completes.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has expressed grief over the loss of lives in the two accidents.
“The two unfortunate road accidents in Doda are deeply distressing. Extremely pained over the loss of lives. Condolences to families of the deceased. My prayers with the injured. Directed district administration to ensure best possible treatment to the injured”, Sinha said in a tweet.
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, a member of the Lok Sabha from the Udhampur constituency, which also covers Doda and Kishtwar districts, has assured the victims’ families of full assistance.