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Seven killed as cable auto plummets in Gulmarg


"All the tourists have been rescued and the cable is being restored to get the cars running again", said SSP Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain Mir.

According to reports, the tree fell due to high winds and is the first such incident on the Gulmarg cable auto service which began in 1998. The family was from Shalimar Bagh. The family's local guide, Mukhtar Ahmed, a resident of Chountpathri Babareshi in Gulmarg, was also killed.

A police official said the cable vehicle was later restored.

The names of people who lost their lives are Jayant Andraskar, Manshea Andraskar, Anagha Jayant Andraskar, Jahnvi Jayant Andraskar and Mukthar Ahmad Ganai.

A Kashmiri man covers the body of an Indian tourist at a hospital near Gulmarg, northwest of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, June 25, 2017.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief and shock over the tragic accident. The incident is said to be the first of the kind in the Gulmarg cable vehicle service, which started operating in 1998, and was built by the French firm Pomalgalski.

Gulmarg is a town, a hill station, a popular skiing destination and a notified area committee in the Baramula district of the Indianstate of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Tribune has reported that more than 100 people are stranded on the gondola ropeway.

He said the chief minister has asked the inquiry to probe the causes or lapses, if any, that led to the tragedy. "What bad news", he tweeted. It severed the lines and the cable vehicle plummeted to the ground, he said. "That is a laid-down SOP [standard operating procedure]", he tweeted soon after the accident. It is the world's second highest operating cable vehicle project that can ferry 600 people in one hour.

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