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Uttarakhand accident: Another Kashmiri labourer’s body recovered, toll 8

Srinagar, Dec 22:  Body of a teenage labourer from Baramulla district was recovered on Saturday, taking the death toll of Kashmiri labourers killed in Bansbada area in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district to eight.

On Friday, seven labourers from Baramulla district were killed while the body of Majid Khan (teenager) of Uri, Baramulla, who was missing when a mountain portion caved-in while a JCB was working during construction of a road near Bansbada area, was recovered at 6 pm on Saturday.

Station House Officer (SHO), Ukhimath, Hoshiyar Pankholi as per Global News Service said that the search operation was resumed Saturday morning to trace out the missing labourer.

“The body was found at 6 pm,” he said.

The officer said besides the sleuths from different departments including police and SDRF, the machinery was pressed into service to recover the body and to restore the road for vehicular traffic which remained closed since the incident took place yesterday.

A group of around 15 labourers from Baramulla district were working when the poclian removed some portion of the mountain following which a large portion caved-in, as a result of which all of them got buried.

The SHO said that a case under IPC sections of 304-A 336, 337, 338 has been registered in concerned police station Ukhimath.

The police had identified the deceased as Bilal (20) resident of Uri, Sibbeer (30) of Bagna Baramulla, Abdul Rashid (60) of Uri, Imtiaz Ahmad (26) of Handlanga Baramulla, Mushtaq Ahmad (30) of Uri, J Hamid Sheikh (30) of Uri, and  Gulzar (20) of Uri.

Some of those who managed to escape also suffered injuries and were identified as Altaf Hajam (55) son Ghulam Kadar Hassan, Handlanga village in Uri, Abbas (20) son of Subhan Sheikh of Handlanga in Uri, Altaf Hussain (45) Mothal in Uri.

District Commissioner of the area had said over phone that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incident.


Guv grieved, announces Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia

Jammu, Dec 22: Governor Satya Pal Malik Saturday expressed profound grief and deep anguish over the tragic death of Kashmiri labourers in a landslide in Char Dham area of Uttarakhand.

Extending his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, Governor announced ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased.

Governor asked the State Administration to provide every possible support to the bereaved families and be in touch with the Uttarakhand Government to ensure immediate shifting of the bodies to their native places back in Kashmir.

He also asked the Administration to ensure best possible medical treatment for the labourers injured in the tragic mishap.