Deoghar: Rescue ops over, 46 saved. Hemant calls the ops toughest in the country

Ranchi: Chief minister Hemant Soren on Tuesday afternoon announced end of rescue operations at Trikut hills in Deoghar district stating that 46 out of 48 people who were stranded since Sunday’s mishap had been saved. A total of three persons died, of which two died during the rescue operation in the last two days.

In a video statement, he said, “This was one of the most challenging missions in the country. I thank the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and all others for risking their lives to rescue people.”

The rescue operation began at about 4pm on April 10 and ended at 2pm today. He said, “In the end, we could save 46 out of 48 tourists.” He also announced thorough probe into the incident to fix accountability.

An elderly woman, Shobha Devi died after falling into the valley at the Trikut hills during the airlifting after her safety harness got snapped. Yesterday, a Dumka resident, Rakesh Nandan died in a similar manner. Prior to that, on the night of the mishap, another lady succumbed to her injured during the collision.

On Sunday afternoon, mishap struck at Trikut ropeway after a cabin car collided with a rock, leading to chain of collisions with other cabins and snapping of a wire. Government had pressed Indian Air Force, Indian army, NDRF, ITBP among others for the rescue mission. On Monday, two Mi helicopters joined the action along with Garuda commandos.