Seven ITBP employees have now died as a result of the Pahalgam bus disaster, while eight more have suffered critical injuries, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) announced on Tuesday.
“Seven of our jawans have lost their lives in the accident. Eight jawans with serious injuries have been airlifted to Srinagar for medical treatment, others are being treated at a hospital in Anantnag,” SL Thaosen, Director General, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) said. According to the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) at Anantnag, Ranbeer Singh, the personnel who were critically injured in the Pahalgam bus accident were airlifted to 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar.
“Critically injured jawans airlifted to 92 Base Hospital, Srinagar, remaining jawans admitted at Anantnag hospital are stable,” DIG Ranbeer Singh said.A bus carrying 37 people, including 37 ITBP soldiers and two J-K police, reportedly tumbled down into the deep canyon while travelling from Chandanwari to Pahalgam as a result of broken brakes, according to a senior ITBP officer.
Manoj Sinha, the lieutenant governor of Jammu and Kashmir, sent his sympathies to the grieving families of the ITBP members who died in the tragedy.
“Deeply anguished by the bus accident near Chandanwari in which we have lost our brave ITBP personnel. My condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. All possible assistance is being provided to the injured personnel,” Lt Governor Sinha said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also expressed his grief on the tragic incident and took to Twitter to wish for the early recovery of those injured.”Anguished to learn about the accident of a bus carrying ITBP and police personnel in Pahalgam, J&K. My prayers and thoughts are with the bereaved families. The injured were rushed to the hospital. May they recover at the earliest,” he tweeted.
A doctor at the Government Medical College of Anantnag, Dr Syed Tariq had said that 30 people were injured in the accident.The mishap took place at Frislan in Pahalgam area.