25/05/2017 5:23 PM IST | Updated 25/05/2017 7:04 PM IST

Police Deny News Of Bus Carrying Schoolchildren Falling Into Gorge In Kashmir (UPDATED)

"It has returned safely."

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Editor's note: The additional Superintendent of Police (SP) in Poonch, Masroor Mir has clarified that no such incident took place and it was a false alarm.

"It (the school bus) has not met with any accident. In fact, it has returned safely," TOIquoted the officer saying.

A school bus carrying over 40 students in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district fell into a gorge on Thursday afternoon, reported news agency ANI.

The accident took place when the driver of the Gareeb Nawaz Academy school-bus, with 45 persons on board lost control of the vehicle, IANS reported.

"Forty children are feared dead in this tragic accident. Police and army teams have reached the spot and a massive rescue operation is on," the news agency quoted a senior police official saying.

"Chances of survival of the occupants are bleak as the vehicle fell 150 feet into a deep gorge," the official said.

The students were on their way to a picnic from Manjakote to Peer Ki Gali on the Mughal Road when the accident occurred at Mansar.

This is a developing story. More details are awaited.

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