Renowned poet among 5 of family killed in Doda

GJ Report
Jammu, Oct 16: Five members of a family died in a road mishap while a woman fell to death and seven sustained injuries in separate road accidents across Jammu region.
Five of family including three teenagers today died in a road mishap when a car they were travelling in plunged into a gorge in Doda district.
“A family comprising five members were travelling in a newly purchased car bearing temporary registration number met with an accident this evening when on its way from Doda to Jatheli village and plunged into a deep gorge at Babore area on Gath road of Doda district,” police here today said.
Police and locals rushed to the spot and launched the rescue operation.
The deceased was a noted poet.
They said that two persons died on the spot while three were shifted to the district hospital Doda where they succumbed to their injuries.
The deceased were identified as Bashir Ahmad Shah,45, son of Feroz Din Shah, wife Fatima Begum,35 and children Zia Bashir,14, Shaika Bano,17 and Nelofar,19, all residents of Shiva Asthan Mohalla, Doda.
“The family had purchased new car on October 13 which met with the accident,” they said.
The noted Siraji poet was an author of two poetry books which have earned him much popularity in the Siraji speaking people of Doda.
He was also an artist who had participated in various programmes at the state and national level.
He was instrumental in introducing Siraji dialect in programmes of Radio Bhaderwah.
Sudden demise of the poet has shocked the literary fraternity of Doda.
Cultural Officer Doda Salah-ud-Din broke down on hearing the sad news.
Many poetry lovers visited to the hospital to have a last glimpse of the popular folk poet.
Ex-Cultural Officer F A Faridi described Bashir as a romantic poet of Siraji.
Jagdish Chander, a Siraji poet of Jatheli said that Siraji poetry has lost one of the most brilliant poets of modern times.
Other literary personalities who mourned the sudden death of Bashir Siraji are Pancham Singh, Shad Faridabadi, M.I Zargar, Atif Lone and Thakur Amar Chand.
MLA Doda Shakti Raj Parihar extended heartfelt condolence to the parents of the deceased and said that in the poetry has lost a shining star at a time when the dialect was in a mode of progression from dialect to language.
Meanwhile in a separate incident a woman slipped to death from a two wheeler in city outskirts here.
“A woman identified as Geeta Devi, resident of village Fatehpur Salaria, R S Pura this afternoon died due to fall from motorcycle at Karan Bagh in Satwari,” police said.
They said that the dead body has been shifted to hospital for postmortem.
In another incident seven passengers got injured as bus they were travelling in met with an accident and turned turtle near Birpur in Samba district.
“The bus (JK02BP-5727) on way from Sandi, Purmandal to Jammu, this morning turned turtle near Birpur in which seven passengers suffered injuries,” police here said.
The injured were rushed to the Jammu hospital.
The injured were identified as Nusrat Fatima (16), Shamima (38), Sonu (12), Mohammad Asif (18), Vicky Kumar (24), Mohammad Ashfaq (25) and Sofia Akhtar (14).