At least 7 soldiers were killed when a bus carrying Indian security forces fell into a river in Jammu and Kashmir. According to Indian news media NDTV, there were 39 soldiers in the vehicle. At least 30 people were injured in this incident on Tuesday.

The bus reportedly lost control and fell into the river.

At least 6 of them are in critical condition.

NDTV reported that the bus carrying the soldiers was going from Chandanwari to Pahalgam. The bus was carrying 37 members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and 2 members of the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

PTI reported that the members of the security forces were returning to the base after performing the security duties of the Amarnath Yatra.

“6 ITBP personnel were killed and several others injured in a road accident near Chandanwari Pahalgam in Anantnag district,” Kashmir Zone Police said on Twitter. The injured are being airlifted to the Army Hospital in Srinagar for treatment.

As many as 19 ambulances reached the spot after the accident and a rescue operation was launched by local authorities.

Anantnag Deputy Commissioner Piyush Singla said the medical teams of the Anantnag Government Medical College, the district hospital there and the Sayer Sub-Divisional Hospital have been put on high alert.

The bodies of the deceased have been kept at Pahalgam Civil Hospital. Those who sustained serious injuries were given first aid and referred to GMC Anantnag.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah condoled the death and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

(16 Aug)