Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Amarnath accident: 16 Yatris killed,JK Governor issues directions
Governor expresses grief over death of pilgrims,Lauds work of local NGO
Srinagar, July 16, (Scoop News)-Consequent to visiting the site of the tragic accident, accompanied by Chief Secretary, DGP and CEO Shrine Board, in which an SRTC bus rolled down the road into a khud, resulting in 16 yatris being killed and 29 injured, Governor N.N. Vohra,Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, was informed that the accident had taken place because a tyre of the bus had burst and the vehicle had gone out of control.

Governor expresses grief over death of pilgrims

On learning about the unfortunate accident in Nachilana area of Banihal in Ramban district of a Pahalgam bound bus, which was carrying Shri Amarnathji Yatra pilgrims, Governor N.N. Vohra, Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, immediately flew to Banihal along with Sh. B.B. Vyas, Chief Secretary; Sh. S.P. Vaid, DGP; and Sh. Umang Narula, Chief Executive Officer of the Board, to see to the rescue operations being carried out by the District Administration Ramban with the help of Indian Air Force. As per the Governor’s earlier directions to the Chief Secretary, the seriously injured pilgrims were got evacuated to Jammu through IAF Helicopters. Governor saw the critically injured Yatris who were airlifted in a M17 helicopter after he arrived at Banihal. He met the doctors and enquired about the medical treatment given to the Yatris before they were airlifted in his presence.
Governor also visited the Banihal Sub-sDistrict Hospital where, after discussion with the Chief Secretary and the attending doctors, he directed that the bodies of the 16 dead pilgrims be transported to Jammu from where after embalming and other formalities the dead bodies would be sent by the civil airlines to the home towns of the dead.
Governor drove to the site of the accident where this unfortunate accident took place. Appreciating the prompt relief provided by a local NGO, “Youth Against Evils, Banihal”, who rescued the injured pilgrims, in co-ordination with the District Administration, Governor sanctioned an amount of Rs. 5 lakh for this NGO, for strengthening their humanitarian endeavours.
Governor expressed his deep grief over this unfortunate incident and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families of those killed in the incident. On behalf of the Shrine Board he announced relief of Rs. 3 lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the incident and; Rs.1 lakh each to those who had suffered injuries.

Governor directed B.B. Vyas, Chief Secretary who was accompanying him, to immediately ensure that no SRTC bus is deployed on long distance duty, particularly across the Banihal, which has not been thoroughly checked and certified fit for operation by a responsible ranking SRTC officer.
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