JAMMU: Governor N.N. Vohra, who is also the Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, after receiving the news of Amarnath Yatra bus mishap immediately flew to Banihal alongwith B.B. Vyas, Chief Secretary; S.P. Vaid, DGP; and Umang Narula, Chief Executive Officer of the Board, to see to the rescue operations being carried out by the District Administration Ramban with the help of Indian Air Force. As per the Governor’s earlier directions to the Chief Secretary, the seriously injured pilgrims were got evacuated to Jammu through IAF Helicopters. The Governor saw the critically injured Yatris who were airlifted in a M17 helicopter after he arrived at Banihal. He met the doctors and enquired about the medical treatment given to the Yatris before they were airlifted in his presence.
Governor also visited the Banihal Sub-District Hospital where, after discussion with the Chief Secretary and the attending doctors, he directed that the bodies of the 16 dead pilgrims be transported to Jammu from where after embalming and other formalities the dead bodies would be sent by the civil airlines to the home towns of the dead.
Appreciating the prompt relief provided by a local NGO, “Youth Against Evils, Banihal”, who rescued the injured pilgrims, in co-ordination with the District Administration, the Governor sanctioned an amount of Rs. 5 lakh for this NGO, for strengthening their humanitarian endeavours.
Meanwhile the Governor N.N. Vohra directed B.B. Vyas, Chief Secretary to immediately ensure that no SRTC bus is deployed on long distance duty, particularly across the Banihal, which has not been thoroughly checked and certified fit for operation by a responsible ranking SRTC officer.