A bus carrying passengers veered off the road and plunged into a gorge near Trungal-Assar on the Batote-Kishtwar national highway in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district. The accident resulted in the loss of 36 lives, with 19 others sustaining injuries.
Jammu Divisional Commissioner Ramesh Kumar provided details on incident, stating, “Saddened to share the update from DC #Doda Sh Harvinder Singh from the spot of the accident. Unfortunately, 36 persons have died and 19 injured, out of whom 6 injured are serious.”
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh expressed his condolences and shared information about the ongoing response efforts, saying, “Injured being shifted to District Hospital Kishtwar and GMC Doda as per requirement. Helicopter service to be arranged for shifting the more injured ones. All possible help, as required being provided.”
He also mentioned the arrangement of a helicopter service to airlift the injured to government-run hospitals in Doda and Kishtwar, underlining the urgency of medical attention for the seriously wounded.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his sympathies, stating, “The bus accident in Doda, Jammu and Kashmir is distressing. My condolences to the families who have lost their near and dear ones. I pray that the injured recover at the earliest.” The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced a compensation of Rupees 2 lakh each for the families of those who lost their lives, and Rupees 50,000 for the injured.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti shared her condolences, expressing deep shock and sadness. “Deeply shocked & saddened about the tragic road accident at Assar in Doda. Deepest condolences to the families of those feared dead & hope the administration expedites rescue operations,” she posted on X (social media platform).