Alarmed over two successive road accidents that have claimed life of at least 19 pilgrims in the Kishtwar district, Governor NN Vohra convened a meeting on Saturday in Srinagar to review causes of recurring fatal accidents.

An official spokesman said that the Governor, who has repeatedly expressed concern over recurring road accidents, also directed Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu to ensure that the Deputy Commissioners hold immediate meetings of the District Road Safety Committees.

The outgoing Governor has expressed grief over the loss of lives in a tragic accident in which a vehicle carrying Machail Yatra pilgrims today rolled down into Chenab river in Kishtwar district.

Conveying his sincere sympathy to the next of kin of the deceased, Vohra wished speedy recovery to those injured in the accident. The Governor has issued directions to the Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar, to ensure immediate medical treatment to the injured.

In a mishap on Monday, seven pilgrims were killed when a landslide hit two vehicles near Kishtwar.