Eight Kashmiri labourers killed in Uttarakhand
Srinagar: Eight labourers all hailing from fromBaramulla district were killed when a portion of a mountain caved-in while the labourers were working during construction of a road near Bansbada area in Uttarakhand’sRudraprayag district on Friday.
Station House Officer (SHO), Ukhimath, HoshiyarPankholi told over phone that a group of around 15 labourers from Baramulla district were working when a portion of a mountain was removed following which a large portion caved-in, as a result of which all of them got buried.
“We have recovered seven bodies while other labourers managed to come out of it while one labourer, stated to be 16 years of age is still missing,” he said.
On Saturday police recovered dead body of a teenage labourer identified as Majid Khan taking the death toll of Kashmiri labourers killed in Bansbada area to eight.
Police said that a case under IPC sections of 304A 336, 337, 338 has been registered in concerned police station Ukhimath.
The police identified the deceased as Bilal (20) resident of Uri, Shabir (30) of BagnaBaramulla, Abdul Rashid (60) of Uri, Imtiaz Ahmad (26) of HandlangaBaramulla, Mushtaq Ahmad (30) of Uri, Hamid Sheikh (30) of Uri, and Gulzar (20) of Uri.
Some of those who managed an escape also suffered injuries and were identified as AltafHajam (55) son Ghulam Kadar Hassan, Handlanga village in Uri, Abbas (20) son of SubhanShekh of Handlanga in Uri, AltafHussain (45) Mothal in Uri.
Earlier, the SHO said soon after the information was received, a rescue work was started immediately without any delay by police and locals. In the first place, he said, the workers were taken away from the scene by the help of locals, and the injured were taken away from the scene.
A senior civil officer of the district told that fire service and SDRF teams also reached the spot.
“In the event of the incident, the major negligence of the executive body has come up. They were being provided work without the safety standards of the workers, resulting in such a major accident, in relation to which the police investigated the necessary legal proceedings Is being implemented,” the officer said.
District Commissioner of the area told over phone that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incident.
Guv grieved over death, announces relief
Governor Satya Pal Malik has expressed profound grief and deep anguish over the tragic death of Kashmiri labourers in a landslide in Char Dham area of Uttarakhand.
Extending his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, Governor has announced ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased.
Governor has asked the State Administration to provide every possible support to the bereaved families and be in touch with the Uttarakhand Government to ensure immediate shifting of the bodies to their native places back in Kashmir.
He has also asked the Administration to ensure best possible medical treatment for the labourers injured in the tragic mishap.