Six Kulgam residents killed in road accident in Himachal Pradesh
Shimla: Six people were killed and as many sustained injuries when their vehicle fell into a gorge near Sunni in Shimla district on Monday morning, police said.
The mishap took place at Kararghat, about 35 km from here, when the driver of the ill-fated pickup truck — carrying labourers hailing from Jammu and Kashmir — lost control of the vehicle, police said.
The labourers were on their way to Mandi from Sunni, police said.
Three labourers died on the spot and as many were declared dead by doctors when they were taken to a hospital, police said.
Those injured are undergoing treatment at the Indira Gandhi Medical College Hospital (IGMCH), police said.
The deceased were identified as Farid (24), Gulab (43), Sahbir (19), Talib (23), Gulzar (30), and Mushtak (30), Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Kumar Gandhi told PTI.
The injured included Ranjit, who was driving the vehicle, Aslam, Talib Hussain, Akash Kumar, Ajay Thakur, and Manjoor, police said.
A case has been registered and investigations are on, he added.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and other political leaders on Monday expressed grief over the death of six labourers from Kulgam district.
“Anguished by the tragic road accident in Shimla, in which six Kulgam residents have lost their lives. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon,” Sinha wrote on X.
He directed the deputy commissioner of Kulgam to provide all necessary assistance to the next of kin of the deceased.
Meanwhile, CPI(M) leader and former MLA from Kulgam M Y Tarigami said he was pained by the deaths and demanded adequate compensation for the victims.
“Deeply pained to learn about the tragic accident in Shimla in which 6 labourers from Kund area of Kulgam lost their lives and some suffered injuries. Requesting the @CMOFFICEHP to ensure the best possible treatment to the injured and facilitate the early return of bodies,” Tarigami, a four-time MLA from Kulgam, said in a post on X.
He also demanded compensation for the next of kin of the deceased labourers.
“Additionally, adequate compensation should be to given the families of the deceased,” he added.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party leader Altaf Bukhari also consoled the demise of labourers.
“Pained over the tragic death of six persons from Kulgam district and injuries to as many in a road mishap in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla. Extend my heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved families and pray for a swift recovery of the injured persons,” he said on X.
“I in the meantime urge the authorities to ensure best possible treatment for the persons injured in the incident,” Bukhari posted on X.