Three of 13 Amarnath Yatra pilgrims were injured while the rest sustained their minor injuries when the tempo carrying 13 pilgrims crashed into a parked truck near the Birma Bridge in Udhampur on Thursday. The passengers who were injured were immediately taken to the nearby district hospital, Udhampur for the treatment and they were out of danger.
Meanwhile, the tempo driver fled the spot following the accident. In light of the incident, Union Minister Jitendra Singh confirmed that he was in constant touch with officials to ensure all help was being provided to the injured.
“I am in constant touch with District Collector, Udhampur and other administration officials since morning. All injured pilgrims are out of danger and have been admitted to the District Hospital. All necessary help is being provided. Most of them belong to Jhansi and surrounding parts of Uttar Pradesh,” said Singh.
On a related note, five people were killed and three sustained injuries after a landslide hit Brarimarg on the Baltal route on July 4. The group was travelling along the 14-kilometre Baltal route.
It should be noted that nearly two lakh pilgrims from across the country have registered themselves for the Yatra. Security measures have been taken keeping in mind the ceasefire violations from across the border and various other terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.