SRINAGAR: An injured person was rescued on Saturday but the bodies of two civilians, one of them a bureaucrat, have still not been retrieved from a crevice into which the three persons fell while trekking in the mountains in Pahalgam.
The trio on Friday evening were coming down from the 4,500-meter-high Kolahoi Glacier when they fell in the crevice. Among them were Excise and Taxation Officer Naveed Jeelani and Adil Shah of Alpine Group, both of whom died on the spot. Their friend Hazik was injured and he was pulled out by a rescue team on Saturday.
The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir had asked the Air Force to launch a rescue early morning. Two helicopters were brought but could not be used due to inclement weather.
Director of Disaster Management, Aamir Ali, told Kashmir Reader that two manual teams have been asked to reach the spot where the incident occurred, one of which will reach in the evening and another on Sunday morning.
“Both the teams will start their operations tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, helicopters will be put to use if the weather allows. Today, all attempts failed, and yet we were able to rescue the injured Hazik, who is stable and is undergoing treatment at SMHS hospital,” Ali said.
Amir said the trio was part of a group of eight trekkers, of whom five are safe. He said all efforts would be made to retrieve their bodies.
Trekking to Kolhai is a four-day journey. The group of trekkers was returning from the peak while they came across falling stones which hit the trio, Ali said.
Naveed Jeelani was an alumnus of NIT Srinagar and a Kashmir Administrative officer of the 2015 batch. Adil Shah, a BTech graduate from Islamic University of Science and Techonology, Awantipora, was working with the Alpine Group, a trekking planner operating from Srinagar.