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Bukhari expresses grief over loss of lives, demands investigation

Sajjad Shaheen expresses dismay, demands safety audit of Ramban-Banihal stretch

Post by on Sunday, May 22, 2022

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Srinagar, May 21: Apni Party (AP) president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari Saturday expressed sorrow over the loss of precious human lives in the incident of tunnel collapse at Srinagar-Jammu National Highway at Makerkote in Ramsu near Khooni Nallah. He extended his sympathies to the bereaved families of the dead labourers.
“It is heart-wrenching to know that the bodies of nine labourers have been recovered from the debris of the damaged tunnel so far, while one labrourer is still missing even after two days of the incident, and thus feared dead,” he said. Bukhari demanded thorough investigation into the incident.
Meanwhile, National Conference (NC) leader and district president Ramban Sajjad Shaheen expressed deep shock and dismay over the collapse of a tunnel at Khoni Nallah, Ramban. While expressing solidarity with the families of the victims, Shaheen has urged the administration to gear up the rescue operation at the site and demanded ex-gratia relief for the families of the victims and free of cost treatment to those injured in the accident.
Taking strong note of the deteriorating condition of the National Highway-44 connecting Kashmir with the rest of India, Shaheen said, " It seems those running the day to day affairs are least bothered about the deaths and damage caused by the rapid increase in the number of landslides and shooting stone incidents and seem to mean very little or nothing to them.”
Shaheen said that the faulty execution of road widening between Banihal and Ramban is the main reason for the frequent highway blockades and loss of lives on NHW and has reiterated demand for the road safety audit of Ramban-Banihal stretch of the National Highway.

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