Uttarakhand incident: Body of missing teen from Baramulla labourer found, toll 8

Srinagar::  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 poclain was working during construction of a road near Bansbada area, was recovered at 1800 hour today.

Station House Officer (SHO), Ukhimath, Hoshiyar Pankholi said over phone that the search operation was resumed today morning to trace out the missing labourer. “The body was found at 6 p.m.,” 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 politician 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 said that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incident. (GNS)

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