Over 11 people lost their lives and 25 others were injured in a minibus accident in Sawjian area of Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Wednesday. The injured ones have been rushed to Mandi hospital for treatment, Mandi Tehsildar Shehzad Latif said.
According to ANI, the accident took place while the bus was on its way to Mandi from Sawjian. The rescue operation by the Indian Army is currently underway.
On learning the news, Lt Governor of J&K, Manoj Sinha, has announced relief of Rs 5 lakh each for family members of the deceased. He has also directed authorities to provide the best treatment for those injured.
Lt Governor Sinha also visited the District Hospital to enquire about the health of civilians injured in tragic road accident. He also met the relatives and doctors and stated that six seriously injured, who have been airlifted to Jammu for treatment, would receive Rs 1 Lakh of relief.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss and tweeted, "The loss of lives due to an accident in Poonch is saddening. My thoughts are with all those who lost their loved ones. Wishing the injured a speedy recovery. Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of each deceased and Rs. 50,000 would be given to the injured."
The President of India, taking to Twitter, condoled the deaths and said, "The loss of lives in a tragic road accident in Sawjian, Poonch is deeply distressing. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families. I wish speedy recovery of the injured."
Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, , "Very sorry to hear about the tragic loss of lives in a bus accident in Poonch. May the souls of the departed rest in peace & may the injured make a swift recovery."
"Pained to learn about the loss of lives in a bus accident in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir. My deepest condolences to the bereaved family members and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured." Vice President of India, Jagdeep Dhankar tweeted.