Home >> States

Amarnath yatra: 16 pilgrims killed as bus falls into gorge, over 30 injured

At least 16 Amarnath pilgrims were killed and over 30 sustained injuries after the bus they were travelling in skidded off the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and plunged into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district on Sunday.

The tragedy struck days after eight Amarnath yatris were killed and dozens wounded after terrorists opened fire on their bus in Anantnag district.

Officials said the bus was heading towards Srinagar when its rear tyre burst and the driver lost control of the vehicle.

It plunged into a nearly 200-foot-deep gorge of Nachlana Nullah near an Army camp in Ramsoo area in Ramban.

"A state road transport corporation bus bearing registration number JK02Y0594 ferrying Amarnath pilgrims rolled down into a gorge near Nachlana area of Ramsoo about 2.15pm," a police officer said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of pilgrims.

He tweeted, "Extremely pained by the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatris due to a bus accident in J&K. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased."

"I pray that those injured in the bus accident in J&K recover soon, " he said in another tweet.

Home minister Rajnath Singh also expressed grief at the loss of lives.

"My heart goes out to the families of Amarnath Yatris who lost their loved ones in the bus accident. My prayers are with the injured," he wrote on Twitter.