Jawahar tunnel avalanche: body of missing policeman recovered, toll 8

Jawahar tunnel avalanche: body of missing policeman recovered, toll 8

Srinagar, Body of a Selection Grade (SG) constable of Jammu and Kashmir police, who was missing after a police post near Jawahar tunnel was buried under a snow avalanche on February 7, has been recovered on Saturday. With this, a total of eight persons were killed in the snow avalanche while two others were rescued alive. A massive rescue operation was resumed in the morning for a policeman who was still missing after an avalanche washed away a police post near Jawahar tunnel in which seven people were killed while two others were rescued alive. A police spokesman said the deceased included two firemen, a Crime Branch (CB) Dog Squad official, two policemen and two accused. He said a police post was washed away on February 7 near tunnel on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway which remained closed for the fourth day today due to landslides and shooting stones. Ten persons were buried alive under the avalanche which had also blocked one tube of the tunnel. He said two policemen were rescued alive.

Seven bodies were recovered while a constable was missing. Due to chilly winds and threat of more avalanches, rescue operation was stopped late last night. However, the operation by personnel of different agencies, was resumed this morning again. The body of SG constable Parvaiz Ahmad was recovered today, taking the toll in the tragedy to eight. An official of Fire and Emergency Services (F&ES) said they lost two fire fighters Fayaz Ahmad Parray and Firdous Ahmad (driver) who were posted at F&ES station at tunnel. Director General, F&ES V K Singh extended his deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. Mr Singh paid rich tribute to their ultimate sacrifice in the discharge of duties in line with the highest traditions of the respective services. Meanwhile, two F&ES personnel Noor Mohammad Dar and Mohammad Amin Bhat who had taken refuge in tunnel tube have survived and managed to reach safely to a civilians house at Teeth-har on Banihal when the avalanche struck.

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