At least 10 killed and 23 pilgrims were injured in a road accident at Bibjehara, Srinagar-Jammu highway on Wednesday.
Two of the deceased has been identified as Driver Bilal Ahmed and Pramod kumar a pilgrim from Uttar pradesh. The injured were rescued by local residents after hearing loud crashing sound of the accident.
Locals defied curfew restrictions which was due to Kashmir violence and started rescue operation after risking their own lives.
Bijbehara is the home town of Mehbooba mufti, current chief minister. In her statement she saluted the efforts of the locals, who tried to helped and evacuate the pilgrims. she said “keeping in with Kashmir’s glorious traditions of communal harmony and brotherhood, the locals of Bijbehara, who themselves were mourning the tragic deaths in recent law and order situation, ignored their personal grief and rushed to the accident spot to rescue the injured pilgrims and shift them to the hospitals”.
She added, “This is the uniqueness of Kashmir’s distinct and valued culture, we must all fight to protect…it has been seen over the years that while Kashmiris have themselves underwent countless tragedies, they have upheld the highest traditions of brotherhood and amity amid difficult times”.
She further said, “I salute my people for this humanitarianism and compassion and expect to see the same flourishing in future.”