Six out of seven engineering students, who went missing in bad weather near Chandrakhani Pass in Kullu district for nearly 70 hours while on a trekking trip, were rescued on Sunday.
Hans Raj Chauhan, Kullu Depy Commissioner told that the students, who had been missing for three days, were located near Chandrakhani area during an aerial survey and have since been airlifted. The remaining two students have also been located.
Additional DGP (Law and Order) Sanjay Kundu, who was coordinating the operation from Shimla beside Chauhan said, “ the condition of all the six students rescued students is fine, except one who had an injured foot. Medical teams were at stand by when they were dropped near Manali and later taken to Kullu in ambulance ”.
Two persons, one each from Shimla and Hamirpur respectively, who could not be airlifted due to hostile weather and dense fog in the area, were given life support including medicines , water and some eatables. They will be airlifted on Monday morning once the weather opens-up in the day, said Kundu.
Five teams comprising 50 ITBP personnel were Sunday pressed into service to locate and rescue .
The teams were launched from three directions of Patnikhal to Chandrakani, Bijli Mahadev to Chandrakani and Malana village to Chandrakani, a spokesperson for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police in New Delhi said, adding inclement weather was hampering search and rescue efforts.
Seven students of Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), Longowal in Punjab, along with a former student of the same institute had left from Nagger on Thursday on a trekking trip.
The students were identified as Hitendra Sharma from Theog, Chetan Chori and Saurav Sharma from Ambala, Ankush Kumar from Gurdaspur, Rohit Kumar from Bhagpat district in Uttar Pradesh, Anil Kumar from Hamirpur, Akshay Kumar Bura from Chamba and Bharat Prakash from Kullu district.
Vinay Kumar, Additional District Magistrate Kullu said the operation was very tough yet the rescue teams made serious foot and aerial efforts at Malana and Chanderkhani. It was only after the teams found some foot marks of the missing students the search was narrowed down at Chanderkhani and Fottasar.