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9 girls among 11 killed in road accident near Peer Ki Gali

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Guv expresses grief, announces ex-gratia

Srinagar, Jun 27: Eleven students, including nine girls, of a computer coaching institute died and seven others were injured Thursday when the minibus they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge in Shopian district, police said.

The vehicle, carrying students from the Poonch-based institute, fell into the gorge near Peer Ki Gali on the Mughal road connecting Bafliaz in Poonch to Shopian, a police official said.

He said 11 students, nine of them females, died in the accident while seven others were injured.

The injured have been evacuated from the scene of the accident to Shopian hospital, a police official said.  He said that five among the injured were rushed to SMHS Hospital in Srinagar after initial treatment at District Hospital Shopian. Their condition is stated to be critical.

Governor Satya Pal Malik expressed grief over the loss of lives in the accident and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of the kin of the deceased.

In a condolence message, the Governor has conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls, an official spokesman said.

Malik has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of the kin of the deceased, the spokesman said.

The Governor directed the administration to provide best medical treatment to those injured in the accident and wished speedy recovery to them, he added.

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah, NC vice-president Omar Abdullah, Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone, former minister Syed Altaf Bukhari and CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami and other political leaders have also expressed grief and sorrow over the tragic mishap.

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