Recalling the memories of September 7 when Srinagar sank in floods, Director General of Police, Armed, SM Sahai said he was trapped in Police Control Room for three consecutive days.
Sahai was one the senior police officers involved in rescue operations. He was also assisting in distribution of relief which arrived at Srinagar Airport. "On September 7 morning as I arrived at PCR Srinagar, water submerged its buildings and subsequently at 9.30 am whole city was flooded," Sahai said. Then Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Rohit Kansal and IGP AG Mir were also stranded in the PCR
He said in afternoon, communication system was rendered defunct. "Batteries and some equipments of Wireless network got submerged in waters. On next day we somehow managed to restore Wireless network," he said.
Choppers came to rescued Sahai, Divisional Commissioner and IGP. "But the choppers could not land. After three days, I managed to come out in a SDRF boat and reached Airport to assist the distribution of relief that came from outside the state," he said.
"After spending gloomy days of trouble in PCR, he (Sahai) left in a boat which capsized near Iqbal Park Srinagar. Fortunately, the lone PSO with the officer caught hold of an electric wire and he along with other persons in boat were able to take shelter with a Sikh family for hours before another boat arrived to drop him at Ram Bagh in Srinagar," reads a excerpt of a newsletter published by police.
Sahai said that police tried to send relief to every flood hit pocket of Kashmir. We handed over relief to different NGOs. The then SSP Budgam, Muhammad Irshad arranged local tippers to ferry the relief material and the manpower across the flood affected areas," he said.
He said Armed police worked round the clock at Technical Airport to unload the relief. However, Sahai maintained that non-functioning of local media created misconceptions about the distribution of relief that came from outside.