In a major accident in Jammu and Kashmir, a bus carrying 37 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans and 2 J-K policemen fell to the riverbed in Pahalgam after a reported brake failure.
A massive rescue operation was launched after a bus with more than 30 security personnel – from the ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) and the Jammu and Kashmir Police – on Tuesday met with an accident when it was on its way to Pahalgam.
Seven ITBP troops are reported to be dead while those injured are being airlifted to the Army Hospital in Srinagar, the J&K Police said.
It is reported that the brakes of the vehicle failed while on the way from Chandanwari to Pahalgam.
The officers were returning from duty at the Amarnath Yatra that concluded on 11 August, according to news reports.
Jammu and Kashmir L-G expressed their condolences over the incident and said in a tweet, “Deeply anguished by the bus accident near Chandanwari in which we have lost our brave ITBP personnel. My condolences to bereaved families & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. All possible assistance is being provided to the injured personnel”.