Kashmir: Army Truck Rams Into Cab, Six Killed

16 July 2014
Kashmir Dispatch
Ieshan Wani

Srinagar: Six people were killed and one critically injured when an Indian army truck rammed in to a mini-passenger vehicle on the outskirts of Jammu and Kashmir summer capital Srinagar on Wednesday. Sources said seven persons were injured critically after an army truck hit a cab ferrying passengers near Noora Hospital at HMT. All the injured were shifted to hospital where three persons were declared brought dead. 'The vehicle was on way from Sopore to Srinagar,' they added. Sources said three among the four injured have died taking the toll to 6. The injured were shifted to SK Institute of Medical Sciences in Bemina. Doctors at the hospital told Kashmir Dispatch that the injured were admitted in a life threatening condition and were operated upon. Three among them couldn't survive, the doctors said, adding: one of the injured is being treated upon. Sources in police said that the army truck driver has been arrested. Those killed have been identified as: 1. Mohammed Rafiq Antoo from Dugliteng, Varmul 2. Ghulam Nabi Dar from Kranshoo Colony, Sopore 3. Ghulam Hassan Bhat from Dangarpora in Varmul. He was the driver of the cab. 4. Naseer Ahmad Mir from Mumkak, Sopore 5. Pir Mohammed Syed from Ashpir, Sopore The identity of the sixth slain is being ascertained. Soon after the accident, locals staged a massive anti-army protest and clashed with police. Youth tried to set the army truck on fire, however, the army soldiers fired few shots in air to disperse the angry protesters, a news agency reported. 'The youth later hurled stones on forces and in the meantime police reached to the spot and fired teargas shells to disperse the youth,' reports said. Two people who received minor injuries during the protest were shifted to Noora hospital in the vicinity. A police statement issued here said: Three passengers have died and two injured have been hospitalized. 'The vehicle has been seized and FIR has been registered in Police Station Parimpora and investigation into the matter has been taken up. Aftermath the accident there was some minor law and order situation which has been brought under control,' the police said. Sources said that an electricity wire snapped during the accident and fell on the cab. 'This may have led to death of people who were on the other side of the cab,' they added.