Srinagar, February 24 (Scoop News) –In a joint rescue operation by Army, Air Force, Police, Civil Administration and with the help of locals, nine people were rescued from Shitkari bridge, near Sonamarg. They had got trapped during an avalanche on 23rd Feb. The rescued persons were airlifted in ALH chopper of Army and Cheetah helicopter of Air force using rope ladders, as landing in the area was not possible due to avalanches. Wing Commander, Vikram and Flight Lt. Desai flew the Cheetah helicopter.
The rescue operation started early at 7 am today. The rescued persons have been airlifted to Sonamarg, from where they are being shifted to Ganderbal.
The names of the rescued persons are Mohammed Rafiq Raina, Syed Akbar Shah, Manzoor Ahmed, Abdul Rashid Lone, Manzoor Lone, Tariq Ahmed Lone, Ghulam Ahmed Lone, Riaz Ahmed Naik, Sattar Ahmed Naik.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon has conveyed his appreciation to the rescue team, especially Deputy Commissioner, Ganderbal, Shoukat Ahmed Mir, SSP Ganderbal, Shahid Mehraj, GOC 15 Corps General Hasnain, Brigadier Neeraj, Commander 3-Sector, Brigadier Chouhan, BGS HQ 15 Corps, AOC J&K, AVM, Jasbir Walia, Air Commodore, D.S. Ahluwalia, (SASO), Air-2, Group Captain, P.K. Sharma and Wing Commander Ashwini Mishra.
Meanwhile, Div Com has directed that in view of avalanche threat no one shall be allowed to move beyond the last Police Post at Gagangir, towards Sonamarg. He has further directed that any violations shall be viewed seriously.