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J&K: Five persons feared dead as gandola cable snaps in Gulmarg


The dead were identified as Jayant Anderaskar, his wife Manisha and their daughters Anagha and Jhanvi.

Their guide was Mukhtar Ahmad Ganai, senior superintendent of police in Baramullah, Imtiyaz Hussain, told Hindustan Times.

The Andraskars, residents of Shalimar Bagh in north west Delhi, had gone to Kashmir on June 22.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti announced this as she expressed grief and shock over the deaths.

A probe has been ordered into the incident, the official said. This is the first time that disaster struck the Gulmarg cable auto service, which started operating in 1998.

Many tourists are feared to be stranded in the cable cars, reported NDTV.

According to reports, the tree fell due to high winds and is the first such incident on the Gulmarg cable vehicle service which began in 1998. The police official said Army was called in for the rescue operation, which lasted for four hours, and all the trapped trusts were rescued.

Officials said that the tree fell down due to high winds.

As per former Chief Minister of J&K, Omar Abdullah's tweet (@abdullah_omar) this is first-of-its-kind accident in the valley.

The accident drew condemnation from former chief minister Omar Abdullah, who, expressing his condolences in a series of tweets, questioned why the cable vehicle service wasn't shut down during high winds as a precautionary measure.

He tweeted: "If this is what happened it begs the question as to why the cable auto operations weren't suspended in high winds". He tweeted "What awful news! That's a laid down SOP [standard operating procedure]", he posted on Twitter.

SRINAGAR, India (AP) - Four Indian tourists and three local residents died on Sunday when a cable auto came crashing down from a height of at least 30 meters (100 feet) in a tourist town in the Indian portion of Kashmir.