New Delhi: As many as 35 passengers died and 22 were left injured when their matador vehicle on its way from Keshwan to Kishtwar fell into a gorge on Monday morning.

The injured were taken to a hospital. Kishtwar Deputy Commissioner Angrez Singh Rana, confirming the casualties, said, “33 dead and 22 have been injured after a matador vehicle coming from Keshwan to Kishtwar fell into a gorge, today.” The toll shot up to 35 later.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences to the families of those who died in the accident. “The accident in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar is heart-wrenching. We mourn all those who lost their lives and express condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest,” he tweeted.

Praying for the speedy recovery to the injured, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also tweeted and wrote, “Extremely saddened to learn about the loss of lives due to a road accident in Kishtwar, Jammu & Kashmir. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones. I pray of the speedy recovery of those injured.”

Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti offered her condolences and tweeted, “Saddened to hear about the tragic accident in Kishtwar. Deepest condolences to families of the bereaved”.

Meanwhile, Governor Satya Pal Malik has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of the kin of the deceased and directed the administration to provide best medical treatment to the injured in Kishtwar road accident.