KAS officer among 2 feared dead in Kolahoi glacier accident

An official said that the group of nine people had left on an expedition this morning. “They were coming down from the glacier when they fell into a crevice,” he added.

KHALID GUL
Anantnag, Publish Date: Sep 8 2018 12:52AM | Updated Date: Sep 8 2018 12:52AM
KAS officer among 2 feared dead in Kolahoi glacier accidentRepresentational Pic

A Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) officer was among two persons feared dead after a group of trekkers met with an accident at Kolahoi glacier in Pahalgam on Friday.

An official said that the group of nine people had left on an expedition this morning. “They were coming down from the glacier when they fell into a crevice,” he added. 

Two members of the group, including excise and taxation officer Naveed Jeelani of Srinagar and Adil Shah of Alpine group, are feared dead in the accident while another person, identified as Hazik suffered grievous injuries, the official added.

He said that the teams of state police, SDRF and local volunteers were on way to Kolahoi to carry out a rescue operation.

Divisional commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan has sought an Air Force helicopter and assistance of army in the rescue efforts. “Chief Secretary is personally reviewing the rescue operation. The divisional commissioner has asked Air Force to launch rescue early morning,” director Disaster Management Aamir Ali told Greater Kashmir.

Another official said, “We just now received information that some of the trekkers have managed to reach Liddervat- another trekking spot.”

Liddervat  is around 30 kilometer from Aru Valley of Pahalgam and it takes around 12 hours to reach there.

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