Srinagar Boat Tragedy Day 4: Search for missing persons on amid adverse weather

Srinagar: Despite incessant rains and wet weather conditions, the rescue operation to retrieve the missing bodies of three persons entered its fourth  day with unwavering efforts from rescue agencies and local volunteers.

The three missing persons include Showkat Ahmad, who sacrificed his life to save his son, Haziq Showkat, and another minor boy, Farhan Parray.

Officials, speaking to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), said that despite the challenging weather, rescue teams from the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Indian Army’s MARCOS, and others are tirelessly continuing the operation in the waters of Batwara-Gandabal. As of now, no traces of the missing individuals have been found, they said.

Abdul Rashid, ASI SDRF, said the efforts to retrieve the bodies continue despite the adverse weather conditions. “It has been raining since yesterday, and we are continuing our searches to locate the body. We have deployed multiple boats in the water, and our efforts are ongoing to locate the missing body.”

The officer said two boats were deployed to search near Chattal Veer, but no significant findings were made.

Meanwhile, people, including religious clerics, have been visiting the bereaved families to offer condolences and pray for the safe recovery of the missing individuals—(KNO)

Special prayers held for missing trio during Friday prayers

Amidst the continued rescue operation to retrieve the bodies of a missing father-son duo and a minor student, special prayers were held on Friday across the Kashmir Valley in hopes of retrieving the bodies from river Jhelum.

Pertinently, six persons died while three locals went missing after a boat capsized in river Jhelum at Gandbal area of Batwara on April 16.

As per the details the rescue operation for the missing individuals, Showkat Ahmad, his son Haziq Showkat, along with Farhan Parray, entered its fifth day.

Despite relentless efforts from rescue agencies and local volunteers, the bodies remain untraced, while special prayers were organized across the Kashmir Valley in hopes of retrieving the dead bodies.

“From South to North Kashmir, the valley stands with Gandbal victims, and we are praying to Almighty Allah for the retrieval of the missing body,” said Mohammad Umer, a local from Gandbal, Srinagar.

He added that they remember the deceased and the missing in their prayers, and would like to request everyone to remember the victims and pray for the retrieval of the missing persons.

Moreover, Moulana Abdul Rashid Dawoodi, Moulana Mushtaq Ahmed Veeri, Moulana Abdul Qayoom Zadoo, among others on the occasion of Friday, offered special dua for the people of Ganadbal—(KNO)


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