State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) role lauded for rescue operations in tragic accident at Ramban
Ramban (Jammu), July, 15th: The tragic road accident at Digdol near Ramban on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway 1A late last night mounted to 15 with rescue operation, which was jointly launched by the civil and police administration of Ramban district with the assistance of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Quick Reaction Team (QRT) soon after the State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) bus bearing registration number JK02Y-0382 met with accident at around 11.10 pm, continued till 4.30 in the morning.
In the accident, 18 Amarnath pilgrims sustained injuries and were rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital here for specialized treatment after first-aid in the District Hospital Ramban.
The rescuers recovering more dead bodies of Shri Amarnathji pilgrims from the gorge during over five hour long operation, which lasted at around 4.30 am. Even dead bodies were brought to GMC in order to facilitate their identification by the injured and their relatives, who have been informed about the tragedy.
The operation concluded with the recovery of 14 dead bodies and shifting of 19 injured passengers to the District Hospital Ramban. Keeping in view their condition, the district administration got all the 19 injured passengers shifted to Jammu for treatment in the Government Medical College and Hospital where one of them, later, succumbed to injuries raising the toll in the tragic accident to 15.
"The rescue operation could have been delayed and death toll much more had the SDRF, which is equipped with advance equipment, not been deployed in Ramban area", official sources said while disclosing that three components of SDRF comprising Auxiliary Police personnel have been stationed at Batote, Banihal and Ramban keeping in view increased road accidents in Ramban district particularly on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
The tragic accident took place only because of the driver’s negligence as the vehicle rolled down into gorge after hitting the parapet on the straight road. After having some bumps the vehicle got entangled amidst the trees on the slopes of the gorge.
The vehicle, which left Srinagar for Jammu at around 11 am yesterday, remained caught in the traffic jamming for quite some time before reaching Ramban as traffic on the National Highway remained disrupted for over three hours because of landslide near Seri. "The possibility of driver feeling drowsy while driving vehicle cannot be ruled out", report said, adding "none of the injured could give account of exact cause behind the accident".