JAMMU: Six members of a family, including three minors, drowned as the car they were travelling in plunged into a river in
district of Jammu & Kashmir, on Thursday.
Police sources said that the car was being driven by Mulkhraj Sharma (a head constable) and fell into Budh Nallah, a local tributary of
. They said that the water flow in the river was quite turbulent and all the passengers were feared drowned.
“Rescue-cum-search operation was launched immediately but neither the vehicle nor any occupant has been traced so far,” sources said. Those feared drowned include Mulkhraj Sharma, Munni Devi, Kulesha Devi, Anamika Devi (16), Shalu Devi (13) and
Kishtwar deputy commissioner Rajinder Singh Tara said that the vehicle reportedly skidded off the road some five kilometres from Padder on the Padder-Machail road stretch. He said the car’s bumper and some clothes were recovered from the accident spot.
On June 19, six persons were killed when a truck they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge at Padder in Kishtwar district.