A group of 170 pilgrims had left for Hemkunt Sahib on June 12 from Ludhiana and all of them have started returning safely.
Jaspinder Singh,whose father Baldev Singh had taken the sangat in his private vehicle,said,My father along with his friend Resham Singh used to regularly organise such tours. But such a tragedy happened for the first time. The entire sangat has now reached up to Joshi Matth safely in a helicopter.
Sukhdev Singh,Resham Singhs son,said,For first two days,we got no information about our father and other sangat. We had a horrible time. But finally we got a call that everyone is safe,and we were relieved.
Sukhdev and Jaspinder said that when for two days,they did not get any information,they approached the SGPC authorities to help them out. Baldev Singh came on foot from Gurdwara Gobind Ghat after walking 25 km along with Army officials while Resham came with the remaining sangat in a chopper. The devotees had been waiting for help at Gobind Ghat Gurdwara for the past three days. The parking lot,rest rooms,shops and langar hall near this gurdwara had been damaged due to floods.
The pilgrims have lost their luggage. Upinderjit Singh,whose son Preetanjan Singh was also a part of this tour,said: We are not bothered about the luggage. Our son is safe and sound; that matters more to us. Hemkunt Sahib Trust chairman Madan Singh said till now about 700 pilgrims had been evacuated from Gobind Ghat Gurdwara and the rest would also be evacuated soon. The holy Guru Granth Sahib from Gobind Ghat Gurdwara had been taken safely to a Joshi Matth Gurdwara.