Three children were among 21 persons injured in a bus accident in Shahpur area of district Poonch this afternoon.
Official sources said that mishap took place when the ill-fated bus No. JK-14/ 3349 was on its way to Poonch from Shahpur village near the Line of Control.
Most of the them were devotees who were on visit to a shrine of the majority community there. About 36 passengers were on board the vehicle.
Due to some mechanical failure, the driver lost control over the vehicles at around 4 pm on the hilly road and it rolled down into a gorge near Saral village. The people of the area rushed to the spot after coming to know about the accident.
The police party & Army also arrived there after some time along with ambulances from Poonch. The injured were rushed to District Hospital, Poonch.
Some senior officials from the Administration also paid visit to the spot and the hospital to supervise the operation and treatment being provided to the injured. Three were being shifted to Jammu.
The injured were identified as Shaheen Akhtar -25 yrs, wife of Mohd Rashid hailing from Poonch; Mohd Rashid-35, son of Jalal Din from Islamabad; Shazia Akhtar-16, daughter of Mohd Hanief from Islamabad; Abdul Hamid-60, son of Alif Din Rathore from Islamabad; Mohd Zahid-25, son of Bagh Hussain from Islamabad; Mehmood Hussain -17, son of Mashook Hussain from Noona Bandi; Mohd Rashid- 50, son of Subhana, resident of Baila/ Qazi Morha; Mohd Sadeeq- 16, son of Mohd Rashid from Baila; Maroof Ahmed-25, son of Mohd Shafi from Fatehpur, Mandi; Mohd Saqib – 2 yrs, son of Maroof Ahmed from Fatehpur; Dilshad Bano-23, wife of Maroof Ahmed;Tazeem Akhtar-6 yrs, daughter of Mohd Farooq, resident of Saral; Rahil Sharief-8 yrs, son of Mohd Sharief from Islamabad; Rashida Bi-30, wife of Mohd Farooq from Saral; Mohd Shabir-40, son of Nazir Hussain from Islamabad; Hafeeza Begum-30, wife of Mohd Sharief from Islamabad; Showkat Ali-35, son of Mohd Hanief, from Saral; Mohd Khursheed-31, son of Mohd Sadiq from Islamabad; Khushnood-25, son of Fateh Mohd, resident of Islamabad; Mohd Shahid-22, son of Mohd Ashraf Bhatti from Guntrian and Mohd Amin-50, son of Lal Din, resident of Rajpura Mandi.
The police has taken cognizance of the matter.