- Four people lost their lives after a Jammu-Katra bus caught fire
- Around 22 people were also injured in the incident
- Later on Friday, J-K LG announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for the deceased and Rs 1 lakh for the injured
Four persons lost their lives while 22 others were injured after a bus carrying Vaishno Devi pilgrims from Katra to Jammu caught fire near Kharmal, which is 1.5km away from Katra. A preliminary investigation revealed the fire had originated from the engine. It, however, spread to the entire bus later, said ADGP Jammu. Deputy Commissioner Babila Rakwal, Reasi, Jammu & Kashmir said the fire broke out after the tank exploded due to overheating.
Later in the evening, the lieutenant governor announced that an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each would be given to the next of kin of those, who have lost their lives due to the unfortunate bus incident in Katra and Rs 1 lakh to those who got seriously injured.
In a tweet, Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh said: "Immediately after receiving information of Bus mishap at #Katra, just now spoke to Deputy Commissioner, #Reasi (J&K),Ms Babila Rakhwal. 2 casualties reported, injured shifted to Naraina Hospital. All possible help, financially and otherwise, will be provided to the injured."
Lieutenant Governor Jammu and Kashmir expressed grief over the incident. "Extremely pained by the loss of lives in the tragic bus incident in Katra. I offer my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. Directed district administration to ensure best possible treatment to the injured," tweeted the office of LG, J&K.