Kupwara: With inclement weather conditions and heavy snowfall throwing life out of gear in higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Army, in its earnest and selfless service to the state, rescued a person from higher reaches of Shamshabari ranges.
Heavy Snowfall along the Shamshabari and the Nasta Chhun Pass since March 10 had resulted in accumulation of approx four to five feet of snow on the Tangdhar – Chawkibal road. Numerous avalanches have been triggered due to heavy snow fall causing the road inaccessible even on foot.
On Sunday, the Army detachment at Nasta Chhun Pass rescued Arshad Mir, Police Constable who was badly caught in 4-5 feet deep snow near Khooni Nala about four Kms from Nasta Chhun Pass.
Yesterday, five locals of Tangdhar area decided to move on foot from Chowkibal to Tangdhar as no local vehicles were plying due to the accumulation of snow along the route.
Only four of them could manage to reach Nasta Chhun Pass. On reaching they informed the Army detachment, that the fifth person namely Arshad Mir could not make it as he was physically exhausted near Khooni Nala.
The avalanche rescue team at Nasta Chhun Pass immediately sprung to action despite heavy snowfall, snow blizzard, and zero visibility. The team on reaching the incident site found Arshad Mir in critical state who had lost all hopes of survival. The team provided first aid and rescued Mir by carrying him on their back turn by turn and brought him safely at Nasta Chhun Pass. The medical aid was immediately rendered and he regained consciousness after couple of hours of treatment.
Villagers and Family members of the individual appreciated the rescue effort of Army persons who had risked their own lives and saved the life of the Policemen in an extremely inclement weather. It is worth mentioning that it was the second consecutive rescue operation of the Army detachment at Nasta Chhun Pass after they had rescued 73 civilians from an avalanche in the same area on 11 March 16.