11 dead, several others injured in Poonch accident

POONCH — At least 11 people died while several others were injured after a minibus they were travelling in fell into a gorge in Poonch district of Jammu region on Wednesday.

A top official, while confirming to KNS, said the 11 deaths happened so far in the accident that took place in Sawjian area and added that a rescue operation is underway and many injured have been shifted to a hospital in Mandi.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for family members of the deceased and also directed authorities to provide the best treatment to those injured.

In a tweet, LG Sinha expressed his condolences to the bereaved families. “Saddened by the loss of lives due to a road accident in Sawjian, Poonch. Condolences to bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Rs. 5 lakh would be given to the next of kin of deceased. Directed Police and Civil authorities to provide best possible treatment to the injured,” L-G Manoj Sinha said in the tweet.

Meanwhile, LG Sinha visited District Hospital Poonch to enquire about the health of civilians who were injured in the tragic road accident. He also met relatives and doctors treating the injured.

One lakh rupees each would be given to those seriously injured, he announced.

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