Asif Iqbal

Srinagar, Dec 1: Four army soldiers and two policemen were among seven persons killed and as many others injured in separate road accidents in Jammu and Kashmir.

Four soldiers were killed and one injured after their car fell into a 400-feet deep gorge in Ramban district of Jammu, the police said.

The accident took place on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway when the victim’s were going from Srinagar to Jammu, they said.

The car skidded off the highway and fell into the 400- feet deep gorge near Shaitani Nallah in the Banihal belt tonight, a police officer said.

In the mishap, four soldiers died on the spot and one person was injured, he said.

The deceased were identified as Pawan Kumar of village Bachyaal, Vijay Kumar, son of Rattan Lal of Gau Manasa, Omparkash of Sunetar Ramnagar Udhampur and Pawan Kumar of Akhnoor.

The injured soldier was identified as Joginder Pal of Kathua.

The injured have been admitted to the Sub-Divisional Hospital in Banihal, the officer said.

In Kupwara district, a police spokesman said, an Alto car (JK09A-7899) driven by Mudasir Tariq Mir of Tanghdar skidded off the road and fell in a Nallah near Ziyarat Sharief TP Kralpora, resulting in the on spot death of Habib-ul-lah Lone, Head Constable in J&K Police, son of Nazir Ahmad Lone of Suliman Tangdhar and Ruqaiya Begum wife of Shafiq Ahmad Manhas of Chamkote and injuries to four persons— Asmat Majeed wife of Habib-ul-lah,  their minor son Wamiq Ahmad Lone, minor girl Zohra Shafiq daughter of Shafiq Ahmad Manhas and the driver of the vehicle. The injured persons have been shifted to Sub District Hospital Kralpora.

In Awantipora, a Ritz car (JK01R-1390) driven by Irshad Shafi Kuchay son of Mohammad Shafi Kuchay resident of Bemina collided with an Alto K-10 (JK01AB-1496) driven by Mohammad Farooq, constable in J&K Police, son of Mohammad Ismail of Khawarpora Karnah Kupwara at Highway near Barsoo. Both the drivers and two other persons boarding the Ritz car were injured in this accident. All the injured were shifted to hospital where doctors declared Constable Mohammad Farooq Raina as brought dead.  Inspector General of Police Kashmir Munir Ahmad Khan has expressed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members of police personnel and prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls, the spokesman added.