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ITBP bus falls into gorge, one personnel dead and 34 injured

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"We have rescued 34 persons with injuries and 1 dead. We are evacuating seriously injured to Jammu via chopper. There were reportedly 35 persons travelling," ANI quoted DC Ramban as saying.

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk
New Delhi Updated on: December 24, 2018 18:27 IST
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One Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel was dead and 34 injured after the bus they were travelling in fell into a gorge near Khooni Nala in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir, on Monday.

Nine of the injured persons, including a sub-inspector, two assistant sub-inspectors and a civilian driver, were airlifted to the Government Medical College (GMC) hospital here for specialised treatment, a police officer said.

He said the vehicle was carrying ITBP personnel, deployed in Rambun district for recent panchayat elections and was part of a Jammu-bound convoy.

The accident occurred near Khuni Nallah in Ramban district around 8.45 am, he added.

Trees prevented the bus from falling further down in the gorge and the rescuers comprising of Army, police and local volunteers immediately reached the accident site and evacuated the victims, the officer said. 

He said an ITBP personnel identified as Mohammad Ali was declared brought dead while 34 others, including the driver and conductor of the vehicle, were rescued in an injured condition and shifted to the Ramban district hospital.

Besides the nine critically injured persons, who were airlifted from accident site, two more wounded ITBP personnel were shifted to the GMC by road, the officer said.

He said the ITBP column was deployed in Budgam district of central Kashmir in connection with the recently held panchayat polls and the personnel were returning to their base outside the state when the accident occurred.

(With PTI Inputs)

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