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Avalanche: Search on for 5 missing security men

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 13:49

Srinagar: The five security personnel, who
went missing after an avalanche struck near the LoC in
Kashmir`s Kupwara district, remained untraced on Wednesday even as
search operations continued for the second day.

The joint operation in search of four Army personnel and
a BSF jawan at Furkian top resumed this morning but success
eluded the rescue teams so far, defence sources said.

An avalanche struck the troops near a forward post
yesterday morning when the Army and BSF jawans were clearing
snow between their camp and an outpost.

Seven security personnel -- five Army jawans and two BSF
personnel -- were buried under the avalanche, prompting a
rescue operation which could manage to recover bodies of
sub-inspector Narendra Kumar of BSF and an Army jawan by late
last evening.

The rescue operation was suspended last night as the
chances of finding the missing personnel alive diminished.

With day break, the rescue teams from local camp and
Gulmarg resumed their search for the missing personnel.

The operation was going on when last reports were
received, sources said.

Furkian top along with other high altitude areas
experienced heavy snowfall this month, following which Snow
and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) declared higher
reaches, especially areas falling close to the Line of
Control, as avalanche prone.


First Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 13:49

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