Friday, July 17, 2009

Bodies of SRPF cops not traced

Mazhar Ali, TNN 17 July 2009, 03:09am IST

CHANDRAPUR: None of the dead bodies of the four SRPF personnel washed away on Wednesday in the Pamulgautam river in Bhamragarh tehsil of Gadchiroli

have been recovered as yet, despite intense search operations over the last 36 hours by security forces. On Thursday, Gadchiroli police called in specialised national disaster management team camping at Bhandara to trace the bodies of the drowned personnel.

Sources in Gadchiroli police informed that as the accident spot is in Naxal-sensitive area, the search operation was stopped after dark on Wednesday. "However, the search operation resumed early on Thursday morning under tight security. Two more boats were sent to the spot to further increase the range of search for the bodies," said sources. More security forces have been deployed in the area to provide cover for rescue workers in light of probable Naxal attack, while additional SP Jai Kumar and SDPO Arti Singh are supervising the entire operations. Teams of security forces are patrolling along both banks of the river while rescue workers are moving in the river to search for the bodies.

In-charge SP Manoj Sharma said, "Even as the search operation by security forces is underway, we have sought the help of specialised national disaster rescue force (NDRF) camping in Bhandara. Heavy forces from Bhamragarh and Laheri police station along with four C-60 teams from Pranhita sub-headquarters in Aheri have been deployed to check the Naxal threat," said Sharma. The search operation is spread over 30 km from the accident spot to the confluence of Pamulgautam river with Parlkota and Indirawati rivers, he added.

Sharma said that the police department is optimistic about recovering the dead bodies with the help of NDRF team that played a key role in fishing out over 30 bodies in the boat capsize at Vainganga river in Bhandara recently. "If specialised team from Bhandra fails, we are pondering upon calling in the military from Kamptee camp near Nagpur for help. They have specialised divers who are handy in tracing and fishing out missing bodies," he said.

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