Monday, January 5, 2015

Hunt continues for missing trekker even as hope fades

GANGTOK, 05 Jan: It is nine days now since a student from Kolkata went missing from the Dzongri-Goechala trekking trail at the Bakhim forest. Given the difficult terrain and the extreme weather conditions, hope for good news has all but faded in this instance. That said, the search & rescue operations continue, with the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) deploying a search party this morning to Dzongri, West Sikkim. This, the SSB officials hint, could be the ‘final push’ for the search and rescue operation.
23-year-old Biswadeep Sarkar who originally hails from Jharkhand went missing on 27 December and has still not been found even after rigorous search operations launched by the West district Police, locals of the area and forest department personnel.
“The team that has one sub-inspector, one head constable and four SSB jawans have already reached the spot this morning and will begin the search operations immediately. The Officiating Commandant, 36 Battalion of the SSB, Manoj Kumar Singh reached the spot yesterday itself and is overseeing the coordination for the final search operation,” states Assistant Publicity Officer (APO), SSB, Headquarters, Gangtok, KK Karna.
The APO further informs that there might be a bigger deployment of jawans in the search party as and when required by the 36 Battalion, OC who is stationed at the spot at the moment and who is in-charge of the entire territory in the border area.
“By afternoon today, the need for what requires to be done and how the search operation will be executed will be clear. The decision to involve more personnel to the existing search party already there is definitely on the cards since the terrain is vast and treacherous,” states the APO.
The possibility of the trekker being injured, suffering acute hypothermia, starvation, trapped or an unfortunate incident due to an animal attack cannot be ruled out, shares the APO.

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