In one of the toughest rescue operation, jointly coordinated by Jammu and Kashmir officials and Deputy Commissioner Kullu Rakesh Kanwar efforts are underway to save life of Arun Sharma, a youth from Kangra district, who was on a trekking expedition with his friend Rijul Gill, also from Dharamshala.
Reports reaching here said three attempts made by helicopter engaged by Jammu and Kashmir authorities at initiative of Sub-Divisional Magistrate Zanskar failed to reach out areas across high reaches of Pangi, which shares borders with Kishtwar because of inclement weather and poor visibility .
It was Rijul Gill, who had reached Zanskar army camp on Friday and informed about the condition of Arun Sharma as he was unable to walk and had fallen sick, may be due to altitude sickness.
Rakesh Kanwar, who had alerted SDM Killar (Pangi) and got in touch with officials at Kargil, Zanskar and Leh said, “I have been told a foot party had also been sent to trace and rescue ailing Himachali trekker as area was accessible from Jammu and Kashmir side. In fact, Gill had also crossed over to the J & K side to seek help for saving the life of Arun Sharma”.
On Saturday an alert message was posted in a Whatsapp by one of close friends of Gill, which was noticed by Kullu DC, who got into action and since then he had been updating the status and rescue operations for Umasi Pass –where the trekker is stranded .
Kanwar said he was also in touch with Gill, who had left Arun Sharma with sufficient food items, sleeping bag in the tent they had pitched at the camp. As he was unable to move, Gill took upon himself to alert the Jammu and Kashmir authorities after travelling 60 to 70 km.