Demands For Construction Of Sadhna Tunnel Grow Shrill
Murtaza Mushtaq | Jahangir Lolabi
Handwara | Kupwara, Feb 11 (GNS): Mortal remains of three Tangdhar natives continue to lie at District Hospital Handwara for almost last four days amid the blockade of roads in the aftermath of recent snowfall.
GNS has learnt that bodies of four persons namely Shabir Ahmad Khawaja son of Abdul Rasheed, resident of Dildar Karnah, who passed on February 8 at Bemina Srinagar; Sahib Jan wife of Ali Shan Bhadana, resident of Amrohi, who passed at SMHS Hospital Srinagar February 9; Mohammad Saeed son of Mohammad Yaqoob Qureshi, resident of Nawagabra who passed at SKIMS Soura, are currently kept in the mortuary at District Hospital Handwara.
Meanwhile the bereaved family members have made a fervent appeal to the district administration and other relevant offices to facilitate the return to assist them in ferrying back the bodies to respective native places.
“Now that it already is almost four days that we are stuck here, we humbly urge district administration Kupwara and other authorities to kindly help us”, said one of the bereaved family members.
When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Dr. Doifode Sagar Dattatray told GNS that the office has sent a chopper requisition to lift the bodies. “The bodies maybe lifted tomorrow as per flying conditions”, he said.
In a somewhat similar case, the district administration alongside DH Handwara, dispatched bodies of two elderly persons to their native places, Karnah and Tangdhar, earlier this month.
In the meantime ‘Tunnel Coordination Committee’ Chairman Wali Ahmad Qureshi held a peaceful march from DAK Bungalow Tangdhar upto Mini Secretariat Tangdhar to press for the demand of construction of proposed Sadhna tunnel on a fast-track basis. The march was participated by many political party leaders, social activists, PRIs and a large number of the general public.
Notably, celebrated singer and National Conference leader Waqar Khan has also demanded for the construction of Sadhna tunnel to alleviate the sufferings of border area residents. (GNS)