Snowfall aftermath:Dead bodies of Karnah people lying in Chowkibal from two weeks

Kupwara: The ‘callous and insensitive’ approach of the administration have put people of Karnah Tehsil in frontier district Kupwara in great trouble as from past 15 days couple of dead bodies are lying near Chowkibal, while the administration as per locals has let down these mourners who are unable to take these dead bodies towards their destination.

From past fortnight Karnah tehsil is cut off from the rest of the world due to massive accumulation of snow on the Sadhna and TP road. Couple of people hailing from different areas of Karnah tehsil breathed their last in Srinagar and Jammu and their bodies are lying at Chowkibal Kupwara. Locals from Karnah told news agency CNS that despite trying to attract the attention of the government over this humanitarian issue, nothing was done to take the dead bodies towards their destination. “A family arranged Rs 20,000 for some labourers to take the dead body of a woman Reshma Khan of Suliman Tangdar towards her Suliman Tangdar village, but the labourers could not move ahead from Sadhana road and brought the body back to Chowkibal,” they said.

 “We are totally cutoff from the Kupwara district. There is no electricity, no water and medical facilities for the patients. Agitated people on Wednesday confronted Block Medical Officer Karnah for ignoring the ailing patients. BMO Karnah faced the wrath of the people when he tried to airlift some blue-eyed non-serious patients,” they said and added that only BSNL landline connections are working in the Tehsil.

Tehsildar Nisar Ahmed Awan and SDM Karnah Bashir Ahmed Andrabi confirmed that people especially patients have been facing tremendous problems due to lack of connectivity. “Station House Officer Karnah Khurshid Ahmed Wani from South Kashmir did not attend the funeral of his close relative as the tehsil is totally cutoff. The inclement weather has been affecting air service too,” they said.

When contacted, a district official said that all efforts are on to restore the connectivity. “It will take one or two days to connect Tangdar and Karnah with the rest of the district,” he said and added that if weather permits, dead bodies will be dispatched towards the destinations.

Two patients died, area without electricity, water, essential supplies

Srinagar: Two patients die in Karnah area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Wednesday, and many others are suffering due to non-availability of medical facility. For the 9th consecutive day the Karnah-Kupwara road remains blocked due to which people are facing many hardships.
According to KNS correspondent Peerzada Adil Sayeed, inhabitants said that the authorities here have failed to press men and machinery to clear the accumulated snow on roads thereby leaving the people to lurch at large.

He said, two elderly patients, Habib Joo, 75, and Resham Jan, 65, die because they could not get medical care. According to the families, both the patients had sever health problems and doctors advised to refer them Srinagar for more treatment, but die to the road closure they could not be moved.

A dead body of Shakeel Begum, who dies in Jammu last week and after 8 days of her death she was yet to reach Karnah, residents said that after government fail to lift her body to Karnah the family itself with the help of resident of Chowkibal residents, they carried the body by foot 15km to cross the Sadhna top.

Alleging that the Beacon machines are lying defunct; the residents said the authorities are ignoring their plights with taking no action in this regard. “We have been left to face hardships due to the closure of Karnah-Kupwara road,” they said.

The inhabitants demanded immediate redressal of their genuine grievances.

Inhabitants told KNS that the authorities had promised a few days back that the road will be reopened after some hours but unfortunately all in vain.

The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan said that the administration is closely monitoring the situation and is proving all possible help to the people of far flung areas.

Meanwhile the MLA Karnah talked with KNS he said that, he has requested for the permanent Helicopter service for the Karnah areas till a tunnel at Sadhna top is constructed.

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