8 policemen among 10 go missing as avalanche strikes police post 1 person killed, another missing in avalanche at Kokernag

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Nadeem Nadu

Srinagar, Feb 7, :Eight policemen and two civilians have gone missing after a snow avalanche struck a post at Jawahar Tunnel along the strategic Srinagar-Jammu highway on Thursday evening.

Separately, one person was killed and another is missing while two persons were rescued after an avalanche struck Kokernag area of southern Anantnag district.

Sources told GNS said that a massive snow avalanche hit the police post at Jawahar Tunnel in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district and eight cops were among ten persons who were buried under it while as many had a miraculous escape.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kulgam, Harmeet Singh told GNS that 20 persons, 18 of them policemen were present at the police post. “Ten persons, 8 of them policemen are believed to be trapped under the avalanche police post at Jawahar tunnel while as many are safe,” he said

Director General of Police said as per the information received, there was a snow avalanche in the area. A rescue operation has been launched to trace the missing, he told GNS.

He said that two persons are from fire and emergency department, two cops (dog handlers who handle crime cases), two civilians (accused in some case), four cops are reported to have been trapped under the avalanche.

Following the information, the local police, CRPF and SDRF launched a rescue operation to trace the missing.

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Meanwhile, one person was killed while two others were rescued and one more is still trapped after an avalanche struck Sunbradi area of Kokernag in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Thursday evening.

Reports reaching GNS said that the avalanche hit a residential house at Sunbradi, resulting in the on spot death of a person whose body was recovered while as two more persons were rescued by the local volunteers and police.

According to reports, one person is still trapped under the snow and efforts are on to retrieve him.

Deputy Commissioner Anantnag Mohammad Younis Malim told GNS that the avalanche hit the residential house of Bashir Ahmad Qureshi son of Noor Mohammad Qureshi at Sunbradi in which one person died.

He said two persons were rescued and have been hospitalised while as one is still missing. The rescue operation is on to find him, he said. The DC identified the deceased as Bashir Ahmad.

Meanwhile, an official said that a rooftop of a mosque was damaged after it collapsed due to snowfall at Khamoh, Rafiabad in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

The official said that at Heewan area of Boniyar, Baramulla, one house of Wahab Najar also got damaged after it collapsed due to snowfall. A cowshed of Haleema Begium at Khas Dajan Boniyar also collapsed and suffered damage, he said.

The official further said that one boat ‘Meenar’ of Mushtaq Raga son of Mohammad Sultan was also damaged after it collapsed at Chinar Bagh in Dalgate, Srinagar. (GNS)

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