At least five people, including a policeman, were killed and 15 others injured after three private passenger vehicles skidded off mountainous roads and rolled down hills in separate incidents in Ramban and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement, a police official said, “Two people identified as policeman Bittu Ram and a youth named Neik Ram were killed and six others injured when a passenger cab fell into a deep gorge at Kanga near Ramban.”
The cab was on its way from Sumber to Ramban, the busy town along Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. Soon after the unfortunate accident, all the injured were rescued. Two of them named Darshan Singh and his wife Deepa Devi were immediately referred to the Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu for specialised treatment.
Earlier, a vehicle fell into a 200-feet deep gorge near Seenbatti area on late Monday night, killing three people and injuring five others. The deceased were identified as Milap Singh, Keshu Ram and Raju Singh. According to the police, the accident took place when the driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a blind curve.
Another vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a gorge in Bufliaz area of Poonch district's Surankote, injuring at least four passengers.
Recently, five BJP workers were killed after their car fell into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district. However, the driver of the car survived. All the deceased were on their way to attend chief minister Jai Ram Thakur's election rally at Bhatkidhar in Seraj Tehsil. According to the police, the vehicle fell into a 300-metre-deep gorge near Bagachanogi area killing the five occupants instantly.
Previously, five were killed while five others injured when a jeeb rolled down a cliff near the Phagni village under the foothills subdivision of Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. The jeep rolled down a cliff and fell into a deep gorge at the Padhar area of Mandi.