Bandipora: Bandipora district administration bid a tearful adieu to its senior colleague who died while on duty in Gurez valley on Friday afternoon.
Abdul Saleem Darzi, Block Development Officer (BDO) posted at Tulail had suffered a massive cardiac arrest while he was on duty. He was immediately shifted to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival, However, the body was not immediately airlifted from Gurez due to bad weather conditions.
With improvement in weather on Sunday, a special sortie was arranged with help of the Army to airlift the body from Gurez to Bandipora.
At Bandipora Helipad, all the Civil and military officers led by Deputy Commissioner lined up to bid adieu to their colleague. The atmosphere was heavy with grief with his colleagues still coming to terms with the untimely death of one of their most dedicated and humble colleagues.
Deputy Commissioner Dr Owais Ahmad received the body at Bandipora Helipad wherein all the officers paid floral tributes to the deceased officer and later handed over the body to his relatives.
Dr Owais expressed heartfelt condolences over the sad demise of the officer and recalled him as an upright and dedicated officer who performed his duties religiously even in the remotest hamlet of the district. “We express our heartfelt condolences to the family of our esteemed colleague who passed away in line of duty. His sudden death has come as shock to all of us,” he said.
Earlier at Gurez the scene was no different as amid the highly charged atmosphere, the body of the deceased officer was taken to Helipad. All the officers had assembled at the helipad to bid a final good bye to their colleague.