Cable car crashes in tourist resort in Kashmir, killing 7

They have been identified as Jayant Andraskar, his wife Manshea Andraskar and their two daughters - Anagha and Janhvi, he said.

Seven dead in freak accident. They were reported to be from Shalimar Bagh in Delhi. The incident is said to be the first of the kind in the Gulmarg cable auto service, which started operating in 1998, and was built by the French firm Pomalgalski.

The cable auto, known as the Gulmarg gondola, is one of Kashmir's top attractions. A local guide Mukhtar Ahmed and Jehangir Ahmad, and one civilian, whose identity is yet to be ascertained, also passed away in the accident. More than 150 tourists, including children, were stranded in the Gondola after the incident, prompting the officials to call in the Army. The vehicle crashed after its cable snapped in Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

"Police have launched a rescue operation in the forest area", Baramulla SSP Imtiyaz Hussain Mir said.

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It is noted that the cabin fell after the wind knocked a pine tree and the tree falling, cut the rope.

Mehbooba announced ex gratia relief of Rs. five lakh in favor of next of kin of the killed.

As per former Chief Minister of J&K, Omar Abdullah's tweet (@abdullah_omar) this is first-of-its-kind accident in the valley.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah questioned why the cable auto service had not been shut down as a precautionary measure because of high winds. He tweeted "What awful news!" The two-stage Gondola ferries about 600 people per hour to and from Kongdoori Mountain, a shoulder of nearby 13,780-feet-high Afarwat Peak. "That's a laid down SOP [standard operating procedure]", he posted on Twitter.

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