Uttarakhand incident: Search operation resumes to trace out the 8th Kashmiri labourer

Suhail Khan

Srinagar, Dec 22 : The search operation to trace out the missing Baramulla labourer resumed on the 2nd day on Saturday in Bansbada area in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district.

On Friday, seven labourers from Baramulla district were killed and one more, stated to be a 16-year-old, is missing when a mountain portion caved in while a poclain was working during construction of a road near Bansbada area.

Station House Officer (SHO), Ukhimath, Hoshiyar Pankholi told Global News Service (GNS) over phone that the search operation was resumed today morning to trace out the missing labourer.

The officer said besides the sleuths from different departments including police and SDRF, the machinery has also been pressed into service to recover the body and to restore the road for vehicular traffic which remains closed since the incident took place yesterday. “The search operation is likely to be completed by today evening,” he said.

The SHO had yesterday said that a group of around 15 labourers from Baramulla district were working when the poclian removed some portion of the mountain following which a large portion caved-in, as a result of which all of them got buried.

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“We have recovered seven bodies while other labourers managed to come out of it while one labourer, stated to be 16 years of age is still missing,” he had said.

The SHO had said that a case under IPC sections of 304A 336, 337, 338 has been registered in concerned police station Ukhimath.

The police had identified the deceased as Bilal (20) resident of Uri, Sibbeer (30) of Bagna Baramulla, Abdul Rashid (60) of Uri, Imtiaz Ahmad (26) of Handlanga Baramulla, Mushtaq Ahmad (30) of Uri, J Hamid Sheikh (30) of Uri, and Gulzar (20) of Uri.

Some of those who managed to escape also suffered injuries and were identified as Altaf Hajam (55) son Ghulam Kadar Hassan, Handlanga village in Uri, Abbas (20) son of Subhan Shekh of Handlanga in Uri, Altaf Hussain (45) Mothal in Uri.

District Commissioner of the area had told GNS over phone that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incident. (GNS)

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