Kupwara: The bodies of three civilians who reportedly were buried alive under an avalanche or mudslide in the Lolab forests of Kupwara on Saturday have still not been found. The police along with civilians and teams of SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) are searching the forests but the remote terrain and snowy weather is hampering the effort.
Senior Superintendent of Police Kupwara, Shamsher Hussain, said that police teams had reached the “far-flung” area and started searches but no bodies have yet been found.
The three missing men are locals of Kupwara and have been identified as Altaf Ahmad Mir, son of Bashir Ahmad Mir of Reshwari Warnow, Bashir Ahmad Ganai, son of Gulam Rasool Ganai of Dardpora Lolab, and Gulam Mohammad Lone, son of Ali Mohammad lone of Warnow.
Meanwhile, Minister for Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Javaid Mustafa Mir asked Deputy Commissioner Kupwara to personally visit village Warnow Lolab to take stock of search and rescue operation launched for tracing the missing persons.
He also instructed that the rescue operation should continue till the missing persons are located. He also asked Deputy Commissioner Bandipora to launch parallel rescue team from Bandipora to locate the missing.
Accordingly, a well-organized rescue operation was launched despite the fact that the terrain is inhospitable and conditions extremely challenging. Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Khalid Jehangir, personally monitored the operation along with SDM, Tehsildar and BMO at Warnow today. Joint rescue team of Army, Police, SDRF, Revenue and Health comprising more than 60 personnel, as well as numerous locals were launched today at Warnow, Lolab from 8:45 AM. Lashikote Forest has been made base camp for rescue operation and Army has also provided sniffer dogs to the rescue teams.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora launched a parallel rescue mission with a team Army from 27 RR has also been launched from Bandipora.