Source: News Bharati English17 Jul 2017 11:45:53

Srinagar, July 17: At least 17 Amarnath Yatris were killed and over 30 others were injured after the bus carrying pilgrims skidded off the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and plunged into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district on Sunday. However, after this unfortunate accident, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) acted as the first responder in evacuating yatris.

Notably, as soon as the bus met with an accident, CRPF acted immediately and deployed its team on the site to evacuate all the yatris. CRPF personnel with evident commitment reached accident site along with Doctor, Ambulance and Quick Action Team (QAT). CRPF personnel started the rescue operation immediately and took yatris to the safer place.

Showcasing a great teamwork, chemistry and its commitment to safeguard each and every life, CRPF personnel were also present Jammu Airport from where injured yatris were immediately rushed to GMCH, Jammu in the Civil as well as CRPF Ambulance. The CRPF personnel also provided exemplary assistance to the civil authorities/doctors / medical staff in Government Medical College Hospital, Bakshi Nagar, Jammu where the injured are being given required medical treatment.

CRPF also expressed deep grief over the untimely death of the pious souls and prayed almighty to give strength to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss and wish for the speedy recovery of injured pilgrims.

Meanwhile, according to the official sources, 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. In this unfortunate accident, 17 people lost their lives while 30 others sustained injuries. Interestingly, the tragedy struck days after eight Amarnath yatris were killed and dozens wounded after terrorists opened fire on their bus in Anantnag district.