Two hunters go missing as avalanche hits Lolab forests

Srinagar, Jan 23: Two hunters have gone missing as a snow avalanche swept them along in Lolab forests of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Wednesday.

Reports reaching GNS said that three persons left home today morning for hunting in nearby Rang Warnow forest area. One of them returned by evening and informed the police and administration that there was a snow avalanche in the area. He said there was a possibility that both of them might be swept away by the avalanche as he could not found them.

Following the information, local police and army have launched a rescue operation to trace the duo, they said.

The missing persons have been identified as Bashir Ahmad Hajam son of Mohd Younis and Mamdin Hajam son Najamdin of Ring Warnow.

“As per the information received, there was a snow avalanche in the area. Police and army have jointly launched a rescue operation to trace the missing duo,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kupwara Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar told GNS.

On February 24 last year, three hunters—Bashir Ahmad, Ghulam Mohammad, and Mohammad Altaf—came under an avalanche at Guchibal Behak in the LoLab. Their Bodies were recovered by the army after six days. (GNS)