SRINAGAR: The bodies of a young KAS officer and a trekking organiser were retrieved on Sunday from the Kolahoi Glacier, two days after they died there in a tragic accident, and airlifted to Srinagar.
An Air Force chopper lifted the bodies of Excise and Taxation Officer Naveed Jeelani and Adil Shah of Alpine Group early this morning, Director of Disaster Management Aamir Ali told Kashmir Reader. The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir had asked the Air Force to launch a rescue early today morning.
“One of the bodies was deep inside the glacier and another was in a crevice. The bodies were retrieved by rescue teams early in the morning. They were airlifted from the same spot. Formalities at police control Srinagar were done and then the bodies were handed over to their families,” Ali said.
Another trekker, Hazik, was injured when he along with Jeelani and Shah fell into a crevice at the 4,500-meter-high Kolahoi Glacier on Friday. They had come under falling rocks while returning from a trekking expedition to the peak.
A rescue operation was launched by police, SDRF and local volunteers to retrieve the bodies. On Saturday, Air Force was pressed into service by the administration, but due to inclement weather no result could be achieved. The injured Hazik was rescued on Saturday and is now undergoing treatment at SMHS hospital. His condition is said to be stable.
Naveed Jeelani was an alumnus of NIT Srinagar and a Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) 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.