Jammu, May 5: A senior cameraman of State Information Department was killed while five others got injyred when one of the vehicles with the convoy of Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta on Saturday plunged into a gorge in which one person was killed while five others got injured in Greater Kailash area here on city outskirts.
Police said that the Deputy Chief Minister was returning after attending a function when one of the vehicles (JK02BF-2170) ferrying his staff and information department staff, when reached near Kunjwani, the driver lost the control on the vehicle and it plunged into the canal here.
One of the senior camerapersons of State Information Department identified as Suram Singh (50) died in the mishap while driver and four other occupants were among the injured.
The driver escaped with minor injuries and Singh’s body was retrieved from the vehicle, police added.
Other injured were identified as Gourav Gupta,30, son of Suraj Parkash, resident of Subash Nagar, Sudesh Kumar,38, son of Mangat Ram of Digiana, employee of State Motor Garage and Constable Vishal,30, son of Satpal, resident of Trikuta Nagar.
Meanwhile Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has expressed grief and shock over the death of a cameraman of Information Department, Suram Singh.
The Chief Minister has conveyed her sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul. She has also sympathized with those injured in the road accident.
Meanwhile, Mehbooba has also sympathized with the photojournalists injured at Srinagar today while performing their duties.
Department of Information and Public Relations has also expressed deep anguish and shock over the tragic death of Suram Singh, who was working as a Cameraman in the Department.
Suram Singh is survived by two children and wife.
Another employee of DIPR Gaurav Gupta who was also travelling in the same vehicle had a narrow escape, said official spokesman.
The employees of DIPR have expressed anguish over the demise of their colleague, who was known for his nobleness, decent manners and dedication to his duties.
Separate condolence meetings were held at the Directorate of Information and the offices of the Joint Director Information Jammu/Kashmir to condole the demise of Suram Singh.
The meetings were presided over by the Director Information, Muneer-ul-Islam, Joint Director Information Jammu, Naresh Kumar and Joint Director Information Kashmir, Saajid Yehaya Naqash.
All the officers and employees of the Department including Deputy Directors, Sheikh Zahoor, Atul Gupta, Avleen Kour and Rakesh Dubey, Chief Photo Officer, Mohammad Yasin and Photo Officer Javaid Ahmad also attended the condolence meeting.
The meetings while expressing solidarity with the bereaved family, prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul. Special prayers were offered for the early recovery of the injured.
On hearing about the demise of Suram Singh, the Director Information, Muneer-ul-Islam immediately arrived in Jammu to join the funeral of the deceased and offer personal condolences to the bereaved family.
Secretary to the Government, Information Department, Sarmad Hafeez while expressing shock and grief over the tragic demise of Suram Singh has expressed solidarity with the bereaved family. He prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.
Meanwhile, the Information Department Employees Welfare Union has also condoled the demise of their colleague Suram Singh.
Minister of State for Information, Shakti Raj expressed grief and shock over death of Information Department Cameraman, Suram Singh, in a road accident while performing his official duty at Jammu.
In his condolence message, Shakti Raj has conveyed his sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul.
Former Deputy Chief Minister and MLA Billawar, Dr Nirmal Singh also expressed grief and shock over death of Information Department Cameraman, Suram Singh, in a road accident while performing his duties at Jammu.
Dr Singh has conveyed his sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul.
J&K State Information & Public Relations Non-Gazetted Employees Welfare Union today expressed shock and profound grief over the demise of their colleague, Suram Singh, who was working as a Cameraman in the Department.
A condolence meeting was held at DIPR today with President Employees Welfare Union President, Fayaz Ahmad Bhat, in the chair. The participants remembered Singh, who worked as a cameraman in the department, as a thorough gentleman and a dedicated and upright official.
The Union has expressed sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed for them to bear this irreparable loss.
National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana expressed profound grief over the tragic death of Suram Singh, a photographer of Jammu and Kashmir Information Department in a road accident.
Rana conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul.