Policemen posted in flood-hit areas untraceable: IG

As the raging flood waters tumbled from the heights of Uttarakhand on June 16, it spared nothing in its path, including police posts and personnel.

Engaged in mammoth rescue and relief operation in the aftermath of the floods, the state police force could not turn its attention toward law enforcers missing from their own ranks.

While the police know for sure that three posts at Rambada, Kedarnath and Gaurikund were swept away in the floods, they are still trying to find out the fate of stations that could not be any better than heaps of rubble in Chamoli district.

Uttarakhand Inspector General of Police (law and order) Ram Singh Meena told Deccan Herald that one Head Constable, three lady Constables and two Home Guards posted at these police posts coming under Ukhimath police station are untraceable, according to information collected so far.

Eight persons from Indian Reserve Battalion are also missing, he added.

Meena said that it is confirmed that 14 personnel are missing but details of others are still being ascertained.

The posts get additional manpower from police stations during the “Char Dham” pilgrimage season, covering Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, to provide security to the tourists. 

A deputy superintendent is however lucky to escape the flood waters despite being caught in it.

Another police official felt that those who died on duty should get recognition for their dedication to duty, stressing that they should not be left as unsung heroes.

According to the estimate maintained by the trust managing holy shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath, about 12000 to 13000 pilgrims visit Kedarnath daily during peak season while 25,000 reach Badrinath every day.

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