A bus travelling from Kishtwar to Jammu has plunged into a deep gorge in the Assar area of the Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir killing at least 36 people on Wednesday.
The bus skidded off the road and fell on an old abandoned road 400 ft down.
“Saddened to share the update from DC #Doda Harvinder Singh from the spot of the accident. Unfortunately 36 persons have died and 19 injured, out of whom 6 injured are serious,” Jitendra Singh, Union minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office, wrote on X.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha expressed shock over the accident. “Extremely pained by the loss of lives in a tragic bus accident in Assar,” he wrote on X.
While sharing his shock, CPIM leader M Y Tarigami said, “The recurring accidents in the region demand immediate attention. Earlier, a House Committee was constituted that had submitted its recommendations to minimise the accidents in the area. Unfortunately, it’s recommendations were not implemented.”