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PM, HM, LG, others condole loss of lives in Doda accident

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PM, LG announce ex-gratia relief; LG visits injured at hospital

LG, Manoj Sinha visited the injured who were airlifted to GMC Jammu from Doda accident site. Photo/Kashmir Images

New Delhi/Srinagar: Expressing grief over the loss of lives in a road accident in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of the deceased.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted Modi’s condolence message, “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.”

He also announced Rs 50,000 each for the injured.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also condoled the loss of lives in the accident and spoke to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.

“Saddened by the road accident in J&K’s Doda. I express my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the accident. I have spoken to Lt Governor @manojsinha_ ji. The administration is providing all possible help and treatment to the injured. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” Shah tweeted in Hindi.

Union minister Jitendra Singh also conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families.

“Learnt about tragic road accident near Thatri,#Doda. Just now spoke to D.C. Doda Sh Vikas Sharma,” he said in a tweet and assured the bereaved families of all assistance.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha expressed deep anguish over the tragic road accident.

“My thoughts and prayers for the families who have lost their loved ones. Have directed the District administration to provide immediate relief to families of deceased and best medical assistance to the injured,” he said in a tweet.

The LG said the Jammu and Kashmir administration will ensure the treatment of those injured in the tragic road accident.

“Rs 2 lakh to be given to next of kin of deceased from LG’s discretionary fund & Rs 1 lakh from road victim fund as immediate relief. I am monitoring situation & every possible assistance to grieving families will be extended,” he said in another tweet.

Sinha also visited Government Medical College Jammu to enquire about the well-being of patients injured in the road accident, who were airlifted to GMC Jammu, on his directions, an official press release said.

It said he gave explicit directions to doctors at GMC to ensure best possible medical care of the injured for their early recovery.

The LG had been monitoring the situation personally and had directed the district administration to provide all necessary assistance to the families who have lost their loved ones and all those who were injured in the road accident, the press release said.

The LG also held discussion with Principal GMC Jammu, Dr. Shashi Sudhan Sharma among other senior officers.

Senior Congress leader and former J&K chief minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad in a statement, adequate compensation for the family members of those deceased and proper medical attention to those who are injured.

The former CM further alleged “traffic mismanagement on the particular road saying it has claimed many precious lives in the past as well.

“I am sure the UT authorities will press all available resources into action and take immediate remedial measures. My heart goes out for those who lost their loved ones. Injured should be given immediate medical attention,” he added.

Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan also conveyed his deep condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured passengers.

Advisor assured all possible assistance to the injured and bereaved families by the district and divisional administration.

National Conference, Peoples Conference, PDP, Congress, CPI(M) and Congress have expressed shock over the loss of lives.

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