Srinagar, July 17: A total of 17 Amarnath Yatra pilgrims were killed and around 29 others were left injured when a bus ferrying them skidded-off the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and rolled down into a deep nallah in the Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. Out of the injured, 16 are seriously injured, an official was quoted as saying. Meanwhile, the JKSRTC ordered an in-house inquiry into the road accident.
According to a PTI report, the deceased, including two women, belonged to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Assam, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh. The bus of J&K State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) was part of the convoy of vehicles carrying 3,603 pilgrims from Jammu to twin base camps of Baltal and Pahalgam of pilgrimage to cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir Himalayas.
Following is the list of the deceased:
1. Pawan Kumar S/o Dian Nath Parshad R/o Bihar.
2. Dalip Kumar S/o Dina Nath Parshad R/o Bihar.
3. Rohit Kumar S/o Shyam Parshad R/o Patna, Bihar.
4. Sagar Kumar S/o Pardeep Parshad R/o Gandhipath, Bihar.
5. Ram Karan Sharma S/o Gagan Sahai R/o Konta Jaipur, Rajasthan.
6. Shalinder Singh S/o Balram Singh R/o Berobin, Rajasthan.
7. Ravinder Singh S/o Raghubir Singh R/o H No. 277 Indra Puri Modi Nagar, Ghaziabad, UP.
8. Ravinder Singh S/o Rajinder Singh R/o H No. 375 Gali No. 01 Sherpur Dharamshala Modinagar, Ghaziabad, UP.
9. Rahul Kumar S/o Daleep Singh R/o Golapur Datapur Cantt.
10. Meena Devi /o Zuhar Sahu R/o Tarigadan Chankyapur Gai No. 18 Denapur, Bihar.
11. Sikander S/o Pritam R/o Shahpur Modi Nagar Ghaziabad, UP.
12. Sheeshpal Saini S/o Ganpat Ram R/o W. No.12 Saini Nagar, Nawalgarh.
13. Darshan Singh S/o Chajju Ram R/o H. No 11 ward No 12 Bishnah
14. Gogal Chand S/o Ghanisham
15. Rachet Sharma S/o H.L Sharma C7/2012 SDA Hauz Khas, New Delhi.
16. Chander Kumar
17. Unidentified male aged about 28 years.
“The 17th batch of Amarnath yatra left from Bhagwati Nagar, Jammu, at 4:06 am today. At 1:45 pm, one of the SRTC buses met with a fatal accident and rolled down into a nallah near Nachilana Army camp in the jurisdiction of Banihal Police Station,” a police spokesman was quoted as saying by PTI.