Seven die in cable car crash in Indian Kashmir, 150 rescued

Seven people succumbed to injuries after Gondola tower collapsed due to strong winds in Gulmarg on Sunday. In the accident, a family of four hailing from Delhi was killed on the spot along with their tourist guide.

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

Three Kashmiri tourist guides, Mukhtar Ahmad of Chonti Patri Babareshi, and Jahangir Ahmad and Farooq Ahmad Chopan, both residents of Tangmarg-were also killed in the accident, the official said.

The injured persons were shifted to hospital.

SSP Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain said that they were ascertaining the cause of derailment.

The department of Kashmir has expressed its deep grief over the death of the seven people including four Indian tourists after a cabin of a cable auto project in Gulmarg fell down in an accident.

A probe has been ordered into the incident, the official said.

Gulmarg police officer Imtiyas Hussain said a falling pine tree hit one of the cars, snapping the vehicle from the cable and sending it down hundreds of feet. This is first major accident to the profit making cable vehicle project, the main attraction in Gulmarg. Rescue operations went on for over four hours to ensure all the tourists were secure.

The accident was condemned by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who questioned why the services were running in windy weather in the first place.

He wrote: "What awful news!" It is the world's second highest operating cable vehicle project with a cabin capacity of ferrying 600 people in one hour. "That is a laid-down SOP [standard operating procedure]", he tweeted soon after the accident.