Bodies of three persons airlifted to snow-bound Tangdhar after six days

Bereaved families extend gratitude to district admin Kupwara
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Kupwara, Feb 13: Nearly six days after remaining in a mortuary at District Hospital Handwara, bodies of three Tangdhar residents were airlifted in a chopper, lent by Border Security Forces, to their native places here on Monday.

GNS reported, bodies of four persons namely Shabir Ahmad Khawaja son of Abdul Rasheed, resident of Dildar Karnah, who passed on February 8 at Bemina Srinagar; Sahib Jan wife of Ali Shan Bhadana, resident of Amrohi, who passed at SMHS Hospital Srinagar February 9; Mohammad Saeed son of Mohammad Yaqoob Qureshi, resident of Nawagabra who passed at SKIMS Soura, were kept in the mortuary at District Hospital Handwara, due to blockade of roads in the aftermath of recent snowfall.

After fervent appeal by the bereaved families to district administration and other relevant offices, district administration Kupwara reciprocated well and requisitioned for the chopper services to airlift the bodies.

Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Dr. Doifode Sagar Dattatray had a few days before said that the office has sent a chopper requisition to lift the bodies as per flying conditions.

The bodies were accordingly evacuated in an ambulance from District Hospital Handwara at 8:55 AM to Zangli, from where they were boarded in a chopper, lent by Border Security Forces, at 9:24 AM on Monday.

An official in the knowhow of things said that it normally takes some 20 odd minutes for a chopper to reach Tangdhar from Zangli launchpad.

Before leaving DH Handwara, the bereaved families extended their gratitude to District Administration Kupwara and Handwara Hospital management for making it possible for them to take the bodies back to their native places.

In a somewhat similar case, the district administration alongside DH Handwara, dispatched bodies of two elderly persons to their native places, Karnah and Tangdhar, earlier this month. 

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