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Updated: Army personnel among 9 killed in road accident in J&K

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Srinagar, May 26 (PTI) Nine people, including an Army personnel, were killed when the cab they were traveling in rolled into a deep gorge on the Srinagar-Leh national highway in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, officials said here on Thursday.

The cab, on its way from Kargil to Srinagar, skidded off the road late on Wednesday at Zojila and rolled down the gorge, they added.

Initial reports, as published in Thursday’s edition of Kashmir Images, indicated that seven passengers were feared dead.

The police, army and locals launched a search-cum-rescue operation and recovered four bodies and rescued five others who were rushed to a hospital, officials said.

The injured succumbed to injuries at the hospital, they said.

The deceased have been identified as Poonch-resident Azhar Iqbal (driver), Ankit Dileep, a resident of Gujarat, Gandhi Marmu and his father Mangal Marmu, both residents of Jharkhand, Ranjit Kumar, a resident of Punjab, Muhammad Aslam Parray a resident of Kulgam (J&K), Naib Subedar Nanak Chand, a resident of UP, Dileshwar Sidhar, resident of Chattisgarh, and another person identified as Sunil Lal.


“Extremely pained by the loss of lives due to a tragic road accident at Chini Nallah, Zojila Pass. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest. Directed district administration Ganderbal to provide all necessary assistance”.

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