Jammu, April 8
Six people, including three protesters and a couple, were killed and as many injured in two road accidents in Udhampur district on Friday.
Three people who were among the protesters demanding the repair of drinking water pipes were killed and six others, including a three-year-old child, injured after a truck ran over them in the district’s Chenani area.
The injured were transferred to the district hospital, officials said.
The truck driver failed to negotiate a blind curve and ended up ramming into some of the protesters who were staging a protest, demanding repairs to their hamlet’s water supply lines in the Chenani area.
The deceased were identified as Sunita Devi (38), Abdul Rashid (60) and Surishta Devi (33). The injured people were referred to the Government Medical College in Jammu. One of them is said to be in critical condition.
An ex gratia of Rs 10,000 each has been provided to relatives of the victims, Udhampur, DC Indu Chib said.
National Conference President Farooq Abdullah expressed shock at the deaths of protesters.
In another accident, a couple and their daughter were killed in the Garani area of Udhampur. They were riding a motorcycle when it hit a road divider.
The trio succumbed to their injuries on their way to hospital. The deceased was identified as Shanti Devi (40), her husband Saleem (45) and their daughter Rinku (20), all residents of Reasi district.
Demonstration against water supply
- A few people were organizing a demonstration demanding the repair of the drinking water supply pipes of their hamlet in the region of Chenani
- A truck driver failed to negotiate a blind curve and ended up ramming into protesters, killing three of them
- The wounded received specialized care; one of them is in critical condition