Jammu and Kashmir: The Death toll has risen to 35 and 17 others are injured after a matador vehicle coming from Keshwan to Kishtwar fell into a gorge, here on Monday. The incident took place when the bus skidded off the road at Sirgwari and fell into the deep gorge around 7:30 AM. The bodies of 20 passengers have been recovered while the rescue operation is still underway.
Earlier 24 people were said to be dead in an accident, but later the death toll risen to 33 after Deputy Commissioner of Kishtwar, Angrez Singh Rana declared 33 people dead and 33 injured. Deputy Commissioner of Kishtwar, Angrez Singh Rana said and I quote, "33 dead and 22 injured after a matador vehicle coming from Keshwan to Kishtwar fell into a gorge, today."
This is not for the first time, that such an incident has taken place. Earlier, a bus fell into a gorge near Peer Ki Gali in Shopian district, Jammu and Kashmir, in which over eleven students were killed including nine girls. Meanwhile, this is the second incident in a single week.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has shared condolences to the families of those who lost lives. He said and I quote, "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."