On Sunday, the rescue operation was resumed to retrieve the three persons who went missing under the snow mass following an avalanche at Lashkote, the top forest area of Dardpora, Lolab in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, said Jammu and Kashmir Police.
The three persons are yet to be traced by the rescuers as the continuous snow and rainfall hampered the operation on Saturday evening.
Official sources told India Today that the rescue teams today took along both the survivors, Zameer Ahmad and Mohd Akbar Mir, to the site to help them retrieve the trio buried under the snow.
SSP Kupwara Shamsheer Hussain said that the rescue teams were dispatched today morning to the area which comprised of police, local army units, SDRF and locals to trace out the missing persons.
“The two persons who were part of the five members group were taken to the site to help the rescuers in retrieving the trio,” SSP said.
Meanwhile, the authorities also learned to have approached the High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) for help in case the missing persons could not be traced by today evening.
Pertinently, two days ago five persons had gone for hunting in Lashkote – the top forest area of Darpora which connects Lolab and Bandipora forest areas.
They later divided into two groups one comprising three members while two others formed another group, said one of the survivors Zameer Ahmad.
Zameer said that he and his partner Akbar took one location named Hum Khan Behak while three others were on the other side known as Gusbal Behak. “As we were moving, an avalanche had struck, trapping three persons,” he started explaining the ordeal.
“There was a huge noise which attracted our attention and we tried to locate three other members of the group by following the footprints. But as we moved towards the area there was complete snow blanket and we tried our best to retrieve them, but we too got trapped in the process,” Zameer said.
“We somehow managed to save ourselves and had later travelled several kilometres to acquaint people about it and the police,” he added.