Delhi family of four among 7 dead in Gulmarg tragedy

CABLE CAR ACCIDENT Couple, daughters, three local guides killed; over 100 tourists rescued

Seven people, including a family of four from Delhi, were killed in a freak accident that hit Gulmarg’s famous Gondola cable lift system on Sunday.

Officials said a tree fell on the ropeway, causing it to recoil so violently that passengers in two cars were left with fatal injuries.

Among the dead were Jayant Andraskar, his wife Manshea and their daughters Anagha and Janhvi — residents of Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh, and their guide Mukhtar Ahmad Ganai.

Jahangir Ahmed Khanday, also a local guide, and Farooq Ahmad Chopan were the other casualties.

Locals said a storm hit the region around 3pm. “A tree was uprooted, and it hit a second tree that fell on the ropeway. Seven people were killed,” said Imtiyaz Hussain, the senior superintendent of police in Baramullah.

Authorities at Tanmarg hospital, where the bodies were taken to, said the victims showed signs of multiple internal injuries. “The post-mortem examinations will be conducted tomorrow before the bodies are flown to Delhi,” a doctor at the hospital told Hindustan Times.

EW DELHI: BJP’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari on Sunday felicitated people who had been arrested in Delhi for protesting against the government during the 1975-77 Emergency. Honouring the ’Loktantra Senanis’ at the BJP state office, Tiwari advocated that this programme needs to be organised at a larger level from 2018, so that future generations would not forget about the ‘Emergency sufferers’. While speaking at a function to felicitate party workers and social activists detained during the Emergency period in 1975-77, he said that before June 25, 2018, the detainees of Emergency will be given certificates.

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