Kashmir Indepth

Lolab Avalanche: Bodies of two hunters found


Jehangir Lolabi

Srinagar, Jan 24 : Bodies of two hunters who were swept away by a snow avalanche in Lolab forests of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district yesterday have been recovered by a rescue team of army’s 18 Rashtriya Rifles.

Official sources told that bodies of Bashir Ahmad Hajam son of Mohd Younis and Mamdin Hajam son Najamdin of Ring Warnow were recovered by the rescue team, quipped with latest tools.

“Bodies have been seen and are being recovered,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kupwara Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar told when contacted.

Yesterday, three persons left home for hunting in nearby Rang Warnow forest area. One of them returned by evening and informed the police and administration that there was a snow avalanche in the area. He said there was a possibility that both of them might have been swept away by the avalanche as he could not found them.

Following the information, local police and army launched a rescue operation to trace the duo, officials said.

The missing persons have been identified as Bashir Ahmad Hajam son of Mohd Younis and Mamdin Hajam son Najamdin of Ring Warnow.

On February 24 last year, three hunters—Bashir Ahmad, Ghulam Mohammad, and Mohammad Altaf—came under an avalanche at Guchibal Behak in the LoLab. Their Bodies were recovered by the army after six days. (GNS)“`

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