Srinagar: A compensation of three lakh rupees to the next of kin of the pilgrims who were killed in the bus accident was announced by the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) on Sunday. The injured will receive one lakh each.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, who is also chairman of SASB, expressed his deep grief over the incident and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families of those killed, an official spokesman said.
Sixteen Amarnath pilgrims were killed and around 27 injured, 19 of them critically, when their bus skidded off the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and rolled into a deep nullah in the Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir this afternoon.
The spokesman said that on learning of the accident, Vohra immediately flew to Banihal along with Chief Secretary B B Vyas, DGP S P Vaid and Chief Executive Officer, SASB, Umang Narula to oversee the rescue operations being carried out by the district administration with the help of the Air Force, reports PTI.
As per the governor’s earlier directions to the chief secretary, the seriously injured pilgrims were evacuated to Jammu through IAF helicopters, the spokesman said. He said the governor met the critically injured ‘yatris’ who were airlifted in a M17 helicopter after he arrived at Banihal.