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3 persons die as mini-bus falls into gorge in Rajouri

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LG condoles loss of life

Rajouri: Three passengers were killed and 15 others injured on Monday when a mini-bus skidded off the road and plunged into a 300-feet gorge in Rajouri district, officials said.

The accident took place around 11 am at Kainchi Morh when the driver of the mini-bus on its way to Rajouri from Kotranka lost control while negotiating a blind curve, the officials said.

They said a rescue operation was launched immediately and 18 people were evacuated from the scene to the Government Medical College (GMC) associated hospital Rajouri, where three of them were declared dead.

Medical Superintendent Mehmood H Bajar said 15 of the injured were admitted to the hospital and efforts are on to save the lives of the critically injured patients.

The officials identified the deceased as Abdul Rashid (34), Mohammad Shabir (40) and Mohammad Azam (32).

The condition of five of the injured, including a four-year-old girl, was stated to be critical, they said.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has condoled the loss of lives in the tragic road accident in Rajouri today, an official press release informed.

“I am deeply shocked to learn of the unfortunate road accident in Rajouri today, in which precious lives have been lost and many others have been injured. I send my heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved families and wish those injured a speedy recovery. I have directed the district administration to provide all necessary assistance to the affected persons,” the LG said.

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