Deadlier roads in JK continue to claim lives Minor, BSF jawan among three died, four injured

Balwant Singh Bhau

Jammu Tawi, May 16

Continuing the trend of death due to road accidents, deadly roads in Jammu and Kashmir today claimed three more lives across Jammu region, thus adding more names to the list of people died in road mishaps.

In a road accident at Talab Tillo, Janvi Gupta daughter of Naresh Gupta was hit by a speeding Matador.

According to eye witnesses, the incident took place when the girl along with her brother de-boarded their school bus.

“The moment the duo de-boarded their school bus and attempted to cross the road, an over speeded and rashly driven matador hit them, leaving duo in the pool of blood,” said eye witnesses, adding that both were taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) where the girl was declared as brought dead, while as the boy was under treatment, till last reports. Meanwhile, the matador driver has been reportedly nabbed by the Traffic police and a case in this concern has been registered.

Meanwhile, Border Security Force (BSF) man and a civilian driver died while three soldiers were injured in a road accident in Banihal area, 6 Km ahead of Banihal, on Banihal-Srinagar National Highway.   According to police sources, A Tavera bearing registration number JK05C-6852 was on its way from Srinagar to Jammu, when on reaching near Kuthtal Tethar area (6 Km ahead of  Banihal ), driver lost control on it while negotiating a curve and plunged into a 100ft deep gorge, resulting into on the spot death of two persons and injuries to three others.

Locals and police immediately rushed to the spot, rescued all of them from the vehicle and shifted them to Emergency Hospital Banihal where doctors declared two as brought dead.   The injured security persons are under treatment at Emergency Hospital Banihal, where their condition is said to be out of danger.

The deceased driver has been identified as Ghulam Nabi son of Abdul Khaliq Malyar Resident of Watergam, Baramulla.   The deceased BSF man has been identified as Ct. Babi Rai (No. 130850667 ) of 11 Bn BSF Resident of Kolkata.

The injured BSF Men of 11 Bn have been identified as HC Samar Kumar (No.93007803) son of  Malan Kumar Resident of  House No 51 part colony Kunda,Chattisgarh, Ct. Lal Babu Kumar son of  Shiv Shankar Yadav Resident of Patna and Ct. Dev Raj Vishwas son of  Parbhat Vishwas Resident of Kolkata.    Police has registered a case in this regard.

Unfortunately, the roads in Jammu and Kashmir have been turning more deadly, as it has been found that more people in the state die because of road accidents as compared to any other reason.

Police’s annual crime report, released recently, states that Jammu and Kashmir roads are witnessing over 5800 accidents ever year with 919 persons having lost lives and 8400 sustained injuries during 2015. Moreover, 14 out of 22 districts of the State continued to show increasing trend thereby putting a question mark on functioning of Road Safety Committees headed by respective Deputy Commissioners.

According to the official data, a total of 5867 road accidents took place in the length and breadth of Jammu and Kashmir during 2014 while as the number was 5850 during 2015.

Jammu district is on the top of the list of 22 districts with 1407 accidents in 2015 followed by Udhampur with 475 accidents and Srinagar with 435 tragedies on the roads. However, the districts of Rajouri, Ramban, Reasi, Poonch, Srinagar, Budgam, Anantnag, Awantipora, Sopore, Kupwara, Pulwama, Kargil and Shopian have shown an increase in road accidents as compared to other districts of the State.

During 2015, a total of 919 persons including 757 male and 162 female lost their lives in 5850 accidents while as 8395 persons including 6720 male and 1675 female sustained injuries in these mishaps. The highest number of deaths was reported from Jammu district followed by Udhampur district. In Jammu 129 persons lost their lives while as the number in respect of Udhampur district was 110.

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