In the early hours of Tuesday, a bus carrying 39 security personnel, including Jammu and Kashmir police officers, went off the road and plunged into a riverbed near Pahalgam in Jammu and Kashmir, killing seven members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and injuring others.
The event happened on Tuesday about 10 am, purportedly as a result of brake failure.
According to police officials, the death toll will probably rise because other staff members have suffered serious injuries. According to sources, nine troops are now receiving treatment in Srinagar for critical injuries.
When the accident happened, the bus was travelling from Chandanwari to Pahalgam. The wounded staff members were sent to Srinagar for specialised care. Officials said the ITBP – deployed for Amarnath Yatra duty – were returning after the completion of the annual pilgrimage.
37 ITBP employees, two J&K police officers, and two bus staffers, according to an official statement from the ITBP, were on board the bus.
“In a road accident near Chandanwari Pahalgam in Anantnag district, 6 ITBP personnel got martyred while several others got injured, who are being airlifted to Army hospital, Srinagar for treatment. Further details shall follow,” J-K Police tweeted.
According to police reports, the ITBP bus slid into a canyon while handling a bend while travelling to Pahalgam.
“It appears the brakes of the bus, operated by Jammu and Kashmir police, failed and the bus slipped off the road. A formal enquiry has been ordered,” an ITBP official said.
Approximately twenty ambulances were called into duty to transport the injured soldiers, according to official sources. The J-K Police and SDRF officers also reportedly raced to the scene.
“Team of ITBP men with personnel from sister organisations rushed to the spot and relief and rescue operations were started immediately. The dead bodies were recovered and the injured were evacuated for treatment. DG ITBP has expressed his condolences to the families of the jawans who died in the tragic accident. All possible assistance is being provided to the injured,” an ITBP statement said.