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Day 11: After Pulwama, now expert swimmer from Ganderbal roped in to search Sopore girl’s body in river jhelum

Local fishermen call off search operation, SDRF to continue search

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Waris Fayaz

Sopore, Dec 22 : As the body of Sopore teenager continues to remain untraced for 11th straight day, with rescue teams another expert from Ganderbal with his extraordinary skills has started to try his luck.

An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that the search operation to trace the body of a teenage girl, who jumped in the river Jhelum in Sopore town, entered 11th day on Thursday.

The expert swimmer from Kangan area of Ganderbal, Bashir Ahmed Mir (39) travelled 40 kilometres to reach Sopore to join the rescue and search operation team.

Mir, who possesses extraordinary swimming skills to rescue people from drowning and retrieving missing bodies from the rivers and streams is also a political activist affiliated with the People’s Democratic party (PDP) for the years.

“I’m doing this social work in the name of Allah,” Mir told KNO and claimed that he has saved almost 100 of the people who drowned.

Mir said the Jhelum has been polluted to the larger extent. “I used my techniques but the current temperature due to the Chill e Kalan makes it more hectic to go deeper”, he said.

Meanwhile, local fishermen communities who were part of the rescue and search operations have decided to call off the operation. While as, an official from the SDRF said, they will continue the operation till any orders from the higher ups.

Earlier, an expert of Pulwama – Abdul Salaam, a 64-year-old man from Kakapora area, who claims to have saved 18 lives and have fished out at least 40 bodies from the various water bodies across the Kashmir Valley joined the operation, but Salaam’s expertise didn’t pave anything, citing the flow of Jhelum near the spot—(KNO)

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