Jammu & Kashmir

‘Rescue mission’ launched to trace 6 missing persons at Margan Top, say officials

An aerial view of snow covered areas in Kashmir. [FPK Photo/ Qayoom Khan]

Anantnag: As the fate of six missing persons from the remote Warwan area of Kishtwar district hangs in the balance, authorities on Thursday launched a “rescue mission” to search them at Margan Top in Anantnag.

“One team is proceeding by the road along with snow cutter machine and JCB, headed by SDM. It is accompanied by Tehsildar, MED and NHIDCL officials,” Aamir Ali, Nodal Officer, SEOC, Disaster Management, told GNS.

He said the second team is moving by foot and comprises the Army Rescue team and Local volunteers. “Third is by helicopter from Larkipora, currently on standby, waiting for the weather to improve,” he said.

Earlier a delegation headed by the Sarpanch of the area met Divisional Commissioner Jammu Dr Raghav Langer for help to trace the missing persons from Choidraman Warwan.

“The Divisional Commissioner told us that the air force and army will carry out searches to trace the missing as soon as the weather improves,” Sarpanch of the area Azad Nabi Lone told GNS over the phone.

Azad said the divisional commissioner asked if there are any shelters along the route.

“I told him there are a few shelters on Margen top and Narbalan. There is a possibility of their survival if somehow the missing persons have reached these shelters. Otherwise, chances of their survival are very rare,” he said.

Official sources said that amid fresh snowfall, the six persons had started their journey by foot through Margan top, a high mountain pass that connects Warwan Valley in Kishtwar district with the Anantnag district.

The missing persons, according to the Sarpanch, include Ajaz Ahmad Koka son of Abdul Rehman Koka, Mohammad Akbar Koka son of Ghulam Qadir Koka, Ghulam Nabi son of Ghulam Qadir Koka, Gulzar Ahmad son of Ghulam Mohammad Koka, Manzoor Ahmad son of Ghulam Mohammad Koka and Idrees Ahmad son of Sunna ullah Dar, all residents of Choidraman Warwan.

The missing person had called their families at around 9 pm on Tuesday and informed them about moving through Margan Top. Since then there is no contact with them, they said.


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