Two hunters go missing as avalanche hits Lolab forests

Srinagar: Two hunters have gone missing a snow avalanche swept them along in Lolab forests of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Wednesday.

Reports said that three persons left home today morning for hunting in nearby Rang Warnow forest area. One of them returned by evening and informed the police and administration that there was a snow avalanche in the were two other persons had gone for hunting. He said there was a possibility that of them might be swept away by the avalanche as he could not found them.

Following the information, local police and army have launched a rescue operation to trace the duo, they said.

The missing have been identified as Bashir Ahmad Hajam son of Mohd Younis and Mamdin Hajam son Najamdin of Ring Warnow.

“As per the information received, there was a snow avalanche in the area. Police and army have jointly launched a rescue operation to trace the missing duo,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kupwara Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar said.

Last year, three hunters—Bashir Ahmad, Ghulam Mohammad, and Mohammad Altaf were stuck when the avalanche hit Guchibal Behak in the LoLab on February 24. Their Bodies were recovered by the army after six days. (GNS)

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