Report Waqar Ahmed
CHITRAL, April 1: The death toll in the Barenis road accident of Monday evening increased to seven after the injured driver of the jeep also died in Chitral.
Six people, including three brothers, were killed and eight others injured in the accident at Barenis Gol on Monday morning.
The deceased included three sons of a retired policeman and five of them belonged to Khruzg and Marting villages of Yarkhun valley while one was from Charun Oveer village. The land cruiser taxi jeep (GLT-1026) owned by Alam Khan of Khruzg and driven by his son Sardar Hussain was coming to Chitral from Yarkhun valley when it skidded off the road and the turn and fell into the Barenis Gol. The bodies and the injured were brought to the district headquarters hospital in Chitral where some of the injured were in critical conditions. The six bodies were later sent to Yarkhun valley while one body was dispatched to Charun Oveer. Those who died in the accident were Imran, Sheraz Khan and Ehtisham, sons of Nigar Khan of Marting; retired police Havaldar Shah Hakim Khan of Khruzg, his six-year-old grandson Fardad (son of Uqabuddin), driver Sardar Hussain of Khruzg and Abdul Hussain, son of Rahim Nizar of Charun Oveer. It may be noted that Uqabuddin was out of Chitral for his job in the army and some of the family members were coming to receive him in Chitral. He recahed Chitral on Monday evening where the bad news was awaiting him.
The injured are Mohammad Ali, son of Mirza Nadir Baig of Marting, Fidaur Rehman, son of Mir Samad of Khruzg, driver Sardar Hussain, son of Alam Khan of Khruzg (the driver died on Monday evening in the DHQ hospital); wife of Qurban Ali Khruzg village, mother of Qurban Ali Khruzg and daughter of Uqab of Khruzg. Ayoung woman survivor of the accident, who was injured, told chitraltoday.net that the driver was untrained and the vehicle was rickety and very old. On the way, she added, the driver was speeding and driving carelessly. On many occassions, the passengers asked him to drive carefully but he did not heed to them, she added. Before the fatal accident at Barenis Gol turn, he had also several close calls, she added.