Jawahar Tunnel Avalanche: Police Statement

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Srinagar

Police on Friday late evening issued following a statement regarding  Jawahar Tunnel avalanche saying that in a tragic incident, a massive snow avalanche hit at Police Post Jawahar Tunnel yesterday evening in which close to 20 personnel were trapped.

“On receiving this information, rescue teams comprising police and CRPF stationed at the location could evacuate  10 trapped police personnel yesterday evening,” said police spokesman.

“Rescuers had to face a lot of hurdles while reaching the avalanche hit site due to difficult terrain and inclement weather,” he said.

“Today with the  efforts of Police, SDRF, CRPF and army  assisted by the local villagers,  three police personnel identified as SPO Ghulam Nabi Mir No. 505/K S/O Ali Mohammad Mir R/O Kulgam, (02) SPO Mohammad Khaleel No. 315/K S/O Assadullah Paddar R/O Immo Veerinag, SgCt Mohammad Maqbool No. 346/Kgm R/O Bandipora were rescued who are stable now. While as seven dead bodies which included 05 policemen have been retrieved from the devastating avalanche. The deceased were identified as (01) Constable Arshid Gul No. 1000/Kgm R/O Tuli Nowpora Kulgam (02) HC Muzaffar Ahmed No. 125/Kgm R/O Muniward Anantnag (03) Constable Firdous Ahmed Bhat No. 181 (Driver Fire & Emergency Service) S/O Gul Mohammad R/O Y.K.Pora Qazigund (04) SgCt Fayaz Ahmed Parray No. 1571 (Fireman Fire & Emergency Service) S/O Assadullah Parray R/O Chandeyan Qazigund, (05) SgCt Shabnum Yousuf Ganie No. 622/ IRP 14th Bn S/O Mohammad Yousuf Ganie R/O Hillar Kokernag,” he added .

“Ironically two persons arrested and in the police custody also died in this incident. Necessary legal formalities for the death of the two persons have been initiated under the law,” said the spokesman.

“One police personnel namely Sgct Parvaiz Ahmad of Ganderbal is still missing,” he said.

“As of now, rescue operation has been suspended due to darkness and inclement weather. It will be resumed tomorrow early morning to look for missing police personnel,” the spokesman said.

“We pray for the eternal peace of the departed souls and strength for the bereaved families.”

“Moreover, we extend our gratitude to the local villagers who rendered selfless services and did a brave job in the rescue operations,” the police spokesman said in a statement.

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