SRINAGAR The death toll from an avalanche Jawahar Tunnel rose to eight on Saturday as rescuers pulled out body of the only missing policeman from the rubble of a police post crushed by the heavy snow avalanche couple of days back.
Reports said body of Parvaiz Ahmad Mir (Belt No. SGCT 220/ KGM) Son of Ghulam Mohd Mir of Arampora area of Ganderbal district was found from the debris by the rescuers on Saturday morning.
The rescuers comprising police, local volunteers and member of SDRF besides government forces digging through police post buried under tonnes of snow that came barrelling down a mountainside on north portal of Jawahar Tunnel found three policemen alive yesterday and they included Mohammed Khalil (SPO), Ghulam Nabi alias Gulzar (SPO) and Mohammad Maqbool, a selection grade police constable.
Seven bodies were also retrieved by the rescuers and they have been identified as Fayaz Ahmad Parrey (Selection Grade constable), Firdous Ahmad (head constable), Arshad Gul (constable), Muzafer (head constable), Shabnam ( also policeman), Vikram Singh (civilian) son of Kalvender Singh of Salan Talab Udhampore and Baljeet Singh son of Hari Singh of Dera Baba Nanak Gurdaspore Punjab. The duo from Punjab had been arrested two days back with Fuqqi.
The avalanche had hit the north portal of Jawahar Tunnel on the Qazigund side in Kulgam district on Thursday evening.
Govt announces Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia each to NoKs of those killed
The Government has, on the directions of Governor Satya Pal Malik, announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the next of kin of those killed in snow avalanches and shooting stones at various places across the State during the recent snowfall.
Expressing deep grief over the loss of precious human lives in these tragic incidents, the Governor lauded the efforts of the rescue teams and local volunteers for accomplishing the challenging task of search and rescue operation despite facing extreme weather conditions.
He also expressed condolences with the bereaved families and directed the health department to provide best possible medicare facilities to the injured.
Pertinently, eight persons including six Police/Fire & Emergency Personnel and two civilians were killed and three others injured in a tragic incident when an avalanche struck north portal of Jawahar Tunnel in Qazigund area.
Three Police Personnel rescued from Jawahar Tunnel avalanche are undergoing treatment.
In another incident a couple was killed when an avalanche hit their house at Sund Brari in Kokernag area. A youth was killed in a similar incident at Chairhaar in district Baramulla.
In Jammu division, two persons died and two others were injured in landslide and shooting stones in Ramban area on Srinagar-Jammu highway.
Similar incidents took place in Bubail are of district Kishtwar and Chinkha area of Arnas in district Reasi.
The Government has asked the Divisional Commissioners of Jammu/Kashmir to immediately release ex-gratia relief to the next of kin of the deceased and extend all possible assistance to the injured.
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