Body Fished Out, Searches Continue To Trace Another

SRINAGAR: Body of one of the two siblings who had drowned while extracting sand in a tragic incident at Khawaja Bagh area in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district was fished out of the river Jhelum on Friday evening.

Quoting officials the news agency KNO reported that the tragic incident that took place this morning at Khawaja Bagh area after two siblings – Hilal Ahmad and Naseer Ahmad -busy with sand extraction work drowned in the river Jhelum. Later, police launched a rescue operation with the help of locals.

The officials said that the body of Hilal Ahmad Malla son of Manzoor Ahmad Malla a resident of Laharwalpora Bandipora district was retrieved from the river this evening.

They said that the bodies will be handed over to the family after the post-mortem.

Meanwhile, one of the victims’ wife while wailing near the incident spot, said that her husband had gone to work early today and later she heard about this tragedy. “We were having a financial crisis, that’s why he went to work on Friday,” she said.

The locals termed the incident as unfortunate and appealed to the government to compensate the deceased family after losing their bread earners.

The official said that the massive rescue operation is still underway to locate another body from the river Jhelum.

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