Indian Air Force evacuated missing Himachal tracker



    The Indian Air Force today evacuated the missing Himachal Pradesh Tracker who had been killed while crossing Umasi La, a pass connecting Kishtwar with Zanskar in Jammu and Kashmir recently.

    Speaking to the media persons outside the house here Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister said that his body has been successfully evacuated to Chamba from where it would carried to Dharmshala in the state owned chopper.

    Earlier Mr. Singh stated in the house that government was conducting helicopter sorties with the help of Indian Air Force to evacuate his body.

    Mr Singh was also replying to a call attention motion brought by the BJP member from Dehra Mr. Ravinder Singh Ravi after the question hours. He had confirmed that efforts were being made by the state to extricate the body of Mr. Arun Sharma, a trekker, from Dehra in Kangra district who died recently with assistance sought from Indian Air Force and Mr. P. Mitra the Chief Secretary of Himachal Pradesh.

    Mr. Singh said that the Air Officer Commanding, Northern Command, Udhampur has informed the state that due to inclement weather and other reasons it could not conduct chopper sorties yesterday but a chopper has been deployed today.

    He said that the state government was having continuous dialogue with Army, Air Force and government of Jammu and Kashmir since yesterday evening and along with that the Himachal Pradesh Chief Secretary spoke to his counterparts in Jammu and Kashmir for necessary assistance.

    The government also informed the house that a letter again had been faxed to the Joint Secretary Ministry of Defence, Goc-in-C Northern Command and Air Officer Commanding, Northern Command, Udhampur and our government agencies telephonically to expedite the matter.

    Bringing a call attention motion in the house today Mr. Ravi alleged that the affected family had sought assistance from state government but it did not respond for many days. He said that it was the intervention of Lok Sabha member from Hamirpur Mr. Anurag Thakur that Jammu and Kashmir authorities traced the tracker.

    The state government swung into operation after two teams led by DSP Athali (J&K) and Mr. Pradeep, who spotted the missing trackers but they could not  evacuate it due to  inclement weather conditions but they had already informed the state authorities about it.

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