Six pilgrims, including a woman, were killed and eight others injured on Monday when a landslide hit two vehicles near Thatri in the Kishtwar district of Jammu.
Police said that the incident took place at Kulligad when huge boulders and debris suddenly came down from a hillock, trapping a mini-bus and a car plying on the Doda-Kishtwar road.
Four persons were killed on the spot while two others succumbed to injuries in hospital. Eight other pilgrims were rescued from under the debris and rushed to different hospitals for treatment.
The pilgrims were heading for the Paddar valley to join the ongoing Machail yatra.
Deputy Commissioner Angrez Singh Rana said the local administration was prompt in providing assistance to the victims.
“The incident occurred at around 10.30 am and rescue teams were rushed to the scene and hospitals alerted,” he said.
Rana said that the condition of three among the injured was “critical”.
The 43-day Machail Yatra started on 25 July and so far over 1.5 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the goddess Durga shrine.