AP team stranded at Sino-Tibet border

Andhra Pradesh chief  secretary S V Prasad has approached the Centre for their rescue by helicopter.  “In case the helicopter reached there by  dusk on Sunday  they will be  shifted to nearby town of  Simikot and onward journey to Kathmandu and will be brought to Delhi on Monday,” said government official  spokesman.

The minister’s team had left on visit to Manasa Sarovar and Mount Kailash organised by the Southern Travels on June 11 and was expected back in Hyderabad only by Tuesday. “We are making efforts to send a helicopter but none could land there,” said  Rama Rao, director of the company at Hyderabad.

The minister has been in touch with state officials on mobile and complained that the tour company had not made proper arrangements for their devotional trip to Manas Sarovar, though they paid over Rs 3 lakhs.

Meanwhile, supporters of the minister staged a dharna in front of the Southern Travels office alleging indifferent attitude of the management. The company’s representative Narendra Bhatt said the  minister’s  preponing the return journey due to ill-health of family members  had  posed problems. “We will bring them to Khathmandu and organise their safe journey to Delhi and Hyderabad,” said A K Mohan, chairman of Southern Travels.

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