Father-son, 7 other passengers killed at Zojila Pass

Ill-fated Tavera car which met with an accident at Zojila Pass.
Ill-fated Tavera car which met with an accident at Zojila Pass.

Tavera rolls down into deep gorge
*5 non-locals among victims

Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar, May 26 : Nine people were killed and one was critically injured when a vehicle rolled down into a deep gorge on Zojila Pass in Sonamarg  today.
A Tavera car (JK12/6477) travelling from Kargil to Sonamarg skidded off the road and fell into the 400-ft deep gorge at Zojila pass Mandir Morh today.
The police, Army and locals launched a search-cum-rescue operation and recovered four bodies and rescued five others who were rushed to a hospital, officials said.
The injured succumbed to injuries at the hospital, they said.
Nine passengers including five non-locals lost their lives while one person from Jharkhand received injuries who has been hospitalized. Click here to watch video
The deceased have been identified as Azhar Iqbal son of Liyakat Hussain resident of Poonch, Ankit Dileep son of Dileep Kumar resident of Gujarat, Gandhi Marmu son of Mangal Marmu and his father Mangal Marmu, son of Qadam Marmu residents of Jharkhand, Ranjit son of Rohit Kumar, resident of Pathankot Punjab, Mohammad Aslam Paray son of Abdul Rashid Paray resident of Kulgam, Nanak Chand son of Bhagvan Chand resident of Mathura, UP, Dileshwar Sidhar of Sidar, Chhattisgarh and Sunil Lal Hemborn of Pannjratan, Jharkhand.
Injured have been identified as Arvind Yadav son of Dayanand Yadav resident of Jharkand. Police have taken cognizance of the incident and set investigation into motion.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has condoled loss of lives in Zojila accident.
“Extremely pained by the loss of lives due to a tragic road accident at Chini Nallah, Zojila Pass. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest. Directed district administration Ganderbal to provide all necessary assistance,” the office of LG J&K tweeted.