Bodies of four Kerala tourists who lost their lives in an accident at Zojila Pass in Jammu and Kashmir will be flown to their home state on Thursday morning. The J&K Tourism Department will oversee the arrangements for transporting the bodies.
After the completion of post-mortem procedures and other formalities, the bodies were brought to the Police Control Room in Srinagar on Wednesday.
One of the three persons injured in the accident is still undergoing treatment at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMM) while the other two were discharged on Wednesday.
The accident took place at Zero Point on Zojila Pass on Tuesday when the tourists were returning after a skiing expedition at Pannimath Pass. The driver, Ajaz Ahmed Awan, a native of Jammu and Kashmir, attempted to exit the vehicle but was unsuccessful.
The Beacon Control Room coordinated with the Sonamarg police, and the Army, to launch a search operation. During the search, bodies of five people, including the driver, were recovered.
SSP Ganderbal Nikhil Borkar confirmed to THE WEEK that all formalities have been completed and the bodies will be airlifted to Kerala on Thursday.
The deceased have been identified as Sudesh, Vignesh, Rahul, and Anil. All of them hailed from Chittur in Palakkad district and had come to Kashmir on a tourist trip.