SRINAGAR: The government said they have launched a rescue mission to locate the six persons who had left for Wadwan on foot on the night the region witnessed snowfall. Two teams have left and the third is waiting for improvement in weather to fly to the top.

The cleanest glacier water dripping towards the human habitation near the Margan valley in the periphery of Wadwan. Image: Mahmood Ahmad

An official in Srinagar said that a team has left for Margan top and it is headed by a Sub Divisional Magistrate. While a snow cutter machine and a JCB is clear the road, a tehsildar rank officer and some NHIDCL official are accompanying the team.

The six persons, all residents of the Madwan belt had left Anantnag and the last call they made was from the Margan Top. Last night, the officials said the call was made almost 20 hours back and since then there is no contact. Official sources had stated that the army is launching a search operation.

Today, the officials said that another rescue team has left on foot. It comprises local volunteers and the army’s rescue team. The officer said that the third team with a helicopter is waiting at Larkipora for improvement in the weather.

So far there is no detail available about the six persons – about their identity and the reasons they left on foot on a pretty dangerous trek during inclement weather.

Wadwan and Madwa valleys are located on top of the Pir Panchal range. Though part of the Kistwar district, they are more accessible from South Kashmir.

In the afternoon, officials identified the missing six as 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 Sunnaullah Dar, all residents of Choidraman village Warwan.


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