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Kulgam tragedy: Elderly man dies, his house gutted hours after his death

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A tragedy struck a family in Gujjar Basti Avil Manzgam area of Damhal Hanjipora in south Kashmir’s Kulgam on Friday after an elderly man died on Friday while his residential house gutted in a fire incident a few hours after his death.

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Tehsildar Damhal Hanjipora, Rouf Ahmad Lone told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that an elderly man (house owner) died early morning on Friday after a few hours his house caught fire.

The deceased has been identified as Mohammad Ashraf Khatana son of Ali Mohd Khatan, a resident of Gujjar Basti Avil Manzgam.

Rouf said immediate relief was given to the family and he himself visited the spot along with other officials.

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“As per SDRF norms we will forward the case within the shortest period of time so that family get compensation”, he said.

He said locals played an important role in the dousing of flames and controlling fire, he said.

Asked about the cause of the fire, he said it happened probably due to a short circuit.

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Meanwhile, Kulgam police in a tweet said: “Kulgam police received an information that fire broken out in the residential house at Manzgam, it was tough to reach there due to snowfall, SHO Manzgam under the close supervision of SSP Kulgam led all its efforts to recused the families & Control fire.”

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Driver killed, several injured in Qazigund road accident

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In a tragic accident, a speeding truck collided with a passenger ECO in South Kashmir’s Qazigund on Friday morning resulting in the death of the driver and injuries to several passengers.

Also Read: ARTO Bandipora seizes overloaded bus

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Official sources told that the incident occurred in front of the Walnut factory on Friday morning.

They said in the mishap seven persons were injured and were immediately taken to a nearby hospital, but Maroof Ahmad Bhat, the driver of the ECO, was declared dead upon arrival.

The injured passengers were identified as GH Qadir Bhat, Mohd Niyaz Bhat, Mumtaz Ahmad Bhat, Mubeena Begum, Mehvish Akhter, and Absha Banoo, all residents of Doda.

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Meanwhile an official told Kashmir Scroll that a case has been registered under FIR No.206/23 U/S 279, 337 IPC at PS Qazigund. KS

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ARTO Bandipora seizes overloaded bus

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The Assistant Regional Transport Officer Bandipora Thursday seized a bus involved in overloading of passengers at Bandipora.

Also Read: Teenage boy injured in thread-cutter attack in central Kashmir

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The ARTO informed that strict action will be taken against those who are found involved in the overloading of passengers in the buses across the district. He said that overloading poses a serious threat to the lives of people.

He further informed that the Motor Vehicle Department Bandipora has constituted teams for checking overloading of passengers throughout the district.

Meanwhile, the ARTO appealed to the general public of Bandipora, especially student folk, to avoid travelling via Overloaded buses. He also appealed to the general public of Bandipora to inform any instance of overloading directly to his office through WhatsApp number 9596051716.

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He further said that in case of non availability of transport in any area across the district, the same number can be contacted to inform the office of ARTO Bandipora.

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Teenage boy injured in thread-cutter attack in central Kashmir

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A teenage boy sustained injuries in a thread-cutter attack by an unidentified person in Qamaria Park in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Thursday.

Also Read: Youth killed in hit-and-run case in Srinagar outskirts

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Quoting an official told the news agency—KNO reported that a scuffle broke out between two persons in which one unidentified youth attacked the teenager with a thread-cutter, resulting in injuries to the other person.

He added that police party of police station Ganderbal reached the spot and the weapon of offence was recovered.

He said that a case has been registered in this regard and further investigation is going on.

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