3 pilgrim among 4 killed in landslide enroute to Vaishnodevi

Jammu: Four persons including three pilgrims were killed and nine injured in a landslide triggered by heavy rains enroute to the cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district.

The landslide occurred on Banganga-Ardhkuwari road around midnight and the debris fell on a shelter where the pilgrims were sitting, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) Ajeet Sahu told PTI.

"Three pilgrims including a 5-year-old died on the spot and another person was brought dead at hospital," the CEO said.

The victims were identified as 29-year-old Shashidhar Kumar of Banglore, 30-year-old Bindu Sahni and her 5-year-old son Vishal from Chhattisgarh, besides 32-year-old Sadik of Reasi who was a 'ponywalla', CEO said.

Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Reasi, Sanjay Rana said that nine people were also injured in the incident.