At least four people were charred to death and 22 others were injured after a local bus from Katra to Jammu caught fire near Kharmal about 1.5 km from Katra. As per preliminary details, the bus caught fire from the engine area which soon engulfed the whole bus, said ADGP Jammu. A forensic team has been rushed to the spot.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh has promised every assistance to the injured, who have been sent to Jammu’s Naraina Hospital.“A local Bus.No.JK14/1831 on way from Katra to Jammu caught fire about 1 km from Katra.
Probable cause is being ascertained. FSL team deputed on spot. 02 persons died on spot & 22 injured shifted to Katra. Out of which 03 were referred for specialized treatment. Details will follow”, tweeted ADGP Jammu. Union Minister Jitendra Singh has assured every possible help to the injured who have been currently shifted to Naraina Hospital in Jammu.
This comes just a few days after a massive fire had gutted several bitumen drums at Mehmoodpur village in the Bishnah area of Jammu and Kashmir. On May 8, a team of police officials and firefighters had reached the spot to douse the fire that gutted down around 150 bitumen drums. All the drums were kept close to each other which resulted in an explosion. Locals with the team officials were seen trying to douse the fire.