A bus which was carrying 39 jawans fell into a river in Pahalgam district of Kashmir. 10 Casualties have been observed so far. Sources reveal that the accident occurred because of brake failure. The jawans were on their way to Pahalgam from Chandanwadi. All of the jawans were on duty for the Amarnath Yatra. Out of all the passengers, 37 personnel belonged to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force and the other two belonged to the Jammu and Kashmir Police. Several Jawans have been injured in the accident. They have been airlifted to the Srinagar Army Hospital. Chandanwadi is 16 km from Pahalgam. As Amarnath Yatra just ended, these army personnel who were deployed in the yatra were returning to their teams. It was during that time, that the bus fell into the ditch due to brake failure.
Pahalgam SDPO Fahad Tak said that 3-4 personnel died on the spot. The Deputy Commissioner of Anantnag said the injured jawans were being looked after at the Government Medical College Anantnag.
19 ambulances have been sent and right now our focus is to undertake a quick rescue operation, he said. The soldiers who only have minimal injuries have been sent to Pahalgam for treatment.
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha shared his remorse over the accident. He said. “Saddened to hear about the bus accident near Chandanwadi. We have lost our brave ITBP jawans in this incident. My condolences to the families of the deceased. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured. All facilities are being provided so that the injured jawans recover quickly.”