After a five-hour-long operation at snowbound Sinthan Top situated at an altitude of 12500 feet on Kishtwar-Anantnag Highway, a team from Chatroo Police Station said on Tuesday that it rescued 13 passengers including an infant who were trapped due to fresh snowfall in upper reaches of Kishtwar.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, ASP Kishtwar Abdul Qayoom said two vehicles bearing registration Nos JK06-8083 (Sumo) and JK17-1347 (Travera) with 13 people on board including nine males, one female, one six-month-old infant and two drivers were on their way to Kishtwar when their vehicles were trapped last night at around 12.30 am due to slippery road conditions and accumulation of around two and a half feet snow.
He said the two vehicles were trapped about one Kilometer from Sinthan Top towards Kishtwar. "Chatroo police received a call from one of the trapped passengers at around 12.30 AM requesting for help. A police team led by SHO Inayat Hussain under the supervision of SSP Kishtwar Sandeep Kumar Wazir swung into action and launched rescue operation," police said.
He said police with the help of private JCB started road clearing and make it approachable up to the trapped vehicles. He said at around 6 AM on Tuesday, the police team got access to the trapped passengers and shifted them to safer place from where they were sent to their homes.
Police said they will take up matter with Anantnag Police so that no vehicle is allowed to move on this road without a prior clearance.