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8 dead after mini bus falls into gorge in J&K’s Doda

Eight people were killed in a mini bus. The incident took place while the bus was on its way to Doda from Thathri and suddenly rolled down into a deep gorge along with river Chenab on Thathri-Doda road near Sui Gwari. Rescue operation is on at the site of the accident. Union minister Jitendra Singh said that all the assistance will be provided to local authorities.

The mini bus broke into pieces as it rolled down the mountainous slopes into the gorge near Sui Gowari area, leading to on the spot death of eight persons and injuries to several others. Reportedly some of the injured persons have also succumbed either on way to or in GMC Doda.

As per the information provided by the Additional SP of Doda, the rescue operation is still underway. The injured persons have been sent to the hospital for medical treatment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the deaths in a road accident in Jammu and Kashmir’s Thathri. “Saddened by the road accident near Thatri, Doda in Jammu and Kashmir. In this hour of grief, I convey my condolences to the bereaved families. I pray that the people who have been injured recover at the earliest,” a tweet from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.

The Prime Minister also announced an ex-gratia of 2 lakh each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives, and 50,000 for those injured, the PMO further said on Twitter.

Union minister Jitendra Singh said that all the assistance will be provided to local authorities. “Just now spoke to D.C.Doda Vikas Sharma, the injured being shifted to GMC Doda. Whatever further assistance required will be provided,” he said on Twitter. The minister also paid condolences to the families of those killed in the road accident.

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