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BOAT TRAGEDY: LG, pol leaders express shock

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Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and several other political leaders have expressed grief over the loss of lives in the incident.

“I am deeply grieved by the loss of lives due to a boat accident in Srinagar. My thoughts are with the bereaved families & I pray to the Almighty to give them strength to withstand this immense loss. The SDRF, Army & other agencies are carrying out relief & rescue work,” Sinha said in a post on X.

The LG said he is constantly monitoring the situation and guiding the team on the ground.

“The administration is providing all possible help to the bereaved families who have lost their near and dear ones and medical facilities to those who have been injured. Marcos teams have also been alerted. I am constantly monitoring the situation and guiding the team on the ground,” Sinha said.

The National Conference also expressed grief over the incident.

“JKNC President Dr. Farooq Abdullah and VP @OmarAbdullah express deep shock and sadness over the tragic demise of three minors whose boat capsized in Gandbal, Batwara. JKNC senior leader @RuhullahMehdi, along with CI @ahsanpardesi also join in expressing their profound grief,” the party said in a statement on X.

The party urged the administration to expedite rescue efforts and extend comprehensive support to the affected families.

In this moment of grief their thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families, it said.

Former J&K chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti condoled the loss of lives in the incident.

“Reports coming in of several children dead. My deepest condolences to their families and I urge the administration to extend all help possible,” she said.

CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami said he was deeply pained by the loss of lives.

“Sending heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families. The prolonged construction of a footbridge, lingering for years, highlights a missed opportunity to prevent such tragedies,” he said.

Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone extended his heartfelt condolences to the affected families. Expressing deep distress, he particularly empathised with the loss of numerous minors in the incident.

“It is such distressing news. My heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. So many minors have lost their lives. My prayers and thoughts are with the parents during this unimaginably difficult time,” stated Lone.

Furthermore, he called upon the administration and SDRF teams to expedite rescue operations and ensure the survivors receive prompt and best possible medical care. He also urged the authorities to provide all possible help to the bereaved families during this difficult time.

BJP J&K spokesperson Altaf Thakur expressed solidarity with the bereaved families and prayed for the speedy recovery of those under treatment at the hospital.

Apni Party chief Altaf Bukhari urged the administration to swiftly extend support to those in need.

“Devastated to hear of the tragic capsizing of a boat carrying several persons, including children, in the River Jhelum near Batwara, Srinagar.

“The loss of precious lives is heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by this terrible accident. Urging the administration to swiftly extend support to those in need,” Bukhari said.


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