Jammu: 13 Amarnath Pilgrims Injured In Road Accident On Birma Bridge in Udhampur

| July 12 , 2018 , 11:09 IST

A total of 13 Amarnath Yatra pilgrims were injured on Thursday morning when the minibus they were travelling in rammed into a stationary truck on the Birma Bridge in Udhampur on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. After the accident, the driver reportedly fled from the spot.

According to Udhampur SSP Rayees Bhat, 2-3 people are seriously injured but all the 13 people are in stable condition.

The pilgrims were a part of a convoy carrying a fresh batch of 3,419 pilgrims from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp to Kashmir to undertake the pilgrimage when the accident took place near the Birma bridge in the Udhampur district when the minibus driver lost control of the vehicle.

The injured pilgrims were taken to the Government Medical College District Hospital in Udhampur. While 10 of the injured pilgrims are from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh, 3 are from Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh.

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Udhampur MP and MoS PMO Jitendra Singh in a statement confirmed that all of the pilgrims were out of danger.

"In constant touch with D.C. Udhampur and administration since morning. All injured Amarnath pilgrims out of danger and admitted to District Hospital. All necessary help being provided. Most of them belong to Jhansi and surrounding parts of U.P," Singh tweeted after the incident.

The 60-day Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage began from June 28 and is scheduled to conclude on ‘Shravan Purnima' (Raksha Bandhan) on August 26. The yatra has been progressing smoothly most of the time, apart from a few delays due to rains.