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Bangalore: After techie fall, police push for safety norms at climbers’ paradise

24-year-old software engineer from Delhi, Gaurav Arora who had fallen from the hills on Sunday was rescued after he sent his picture on WhatsApp. 24-year-old software engineer from Delhi, Gaurav Arora who had fallen from the hills on Sunday was rescued after he sent his picture on WhatsApp.
Express News Service | Posted: June 26, 2014 11:06 am | Updated: June 26, 2014 11:14 am

In the aftermath of a rock climbing accident last week at the Madhuguri hills outside Bangalore, where a 24-year-old software engineer from Delhi had a fortuitous escape due to his presence of mind, police in the region have decided to maintain a register for climbers at the base of the hills as a security and safety measure.

The local police in Madhugiri have also posted notices warning against venturing up the hills after dusk and have written to Archaeological Society of India (ASI) to post permanent guards at the hills, which is one of the favoured destinations for dozens of climbing enthusiasts from Bangalore on the weekends.

rockclimbing Picture of the location Gaurav sent on WhatsApp

The move by the local police comes in the wake of 24-year-old climber Gaurav Arora, an engineer with the software company MU Sigma, undergoing an eight hour ordeal to get help after he fell of the face of the hill last Sunday. He was finally rescued around 2 am on Monday morning after police used a picture he sent to a climbing partner to home in on the exact location where he was lying injured.

Gaurav is out of danger and has been shifted out of the ICU, said sources close to the family who did not wish to be identified. Arora’s parents arrived in Bangalore on Wednesday to be him.

Since then, the local police have posted a message at the entry gate to the hills warning against visiting the hills between 6 PM to 6AM. Two police constables will be posted during the weekend to maintain a headcount on the number of hikers and climbers, police said.

The police have also written to the ASI to provide permanent security guards and a medical care centre at the climbing site.

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