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HC seeks info on missing people from state govt within two days

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, June 25, 2013
First Published: 10:38 IST(25/6/2013) | Last Updated: 10:43 IST(25/6/2013)

A division bench of MP high court on Monday sought detailed information within two days from the state government on volley of issues, including the whereabouts of missing persons belonging to MP stuck in Uttarakhand.

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HC directed the state to gather information from all the district collectors about the people who had gone to Uttarakhand for pilgrimage and find the whereabouts of persons who are still missing.

The state is also directed by the court to give due publicity to government officials deployed in the affected areas so that they are in a position to trace the people belonging to the state and to extend help to them.

The court asked the state to provide all sorts of help like food, drinking water and medical facilities, etc to the affected persons so that they can safely return home.

A division bench comprising acting chief justice KK Lahoti and justice Subhash Kakade said many of the directions have already been issued by the Gwalior bench.

Advocate general RD Jain assured the court to apprise about steps taken by the state in this regard within two days.

HC took suo motu action on newspaper reports on inappropriate relief work going on in affected areas in Uttarakhand.

I was in Badrinath when the disaster occurred. I decided to return but by then all the roads of the area had been blocked.

I had to spend the night standing under the shed of a house. With the help of state government’s rescue team, I reached Haridwar.

We were going to Kedarnath to deliver religious discourse. We had reached Gaurikund, but we couldn’t move forward due to the disaster.

Though the health of some of our family members deteriorated we all are safe.

We had to spend four days in the forest without food and water under heavy rains. We had given up hope of returning. We had reached Gaurikund and we were supposed to leave for Kedarnath. But when we woke up, it was raining heavily and people said Kedarnath was completely washed out. We decided to return.

We spent two days in the forests of Gori village as all the roads had been blocked. Later, we came out with the help of an Army helicopter. Two people of my group are missing.

I had reached Kedarnath and was supposed to perform pooja at a temple the next day.

But during night, it started to rain heavily. A hotel staff asked us to leave the hotel and climb the hill.

After walking for seven kilometres, we reached the top of the hill, where thousands of people were already present.

They informed us that Kedarnath was completely washed out and several people had also died. Later, we started walking further but we found no way to go ahead. It was a very difficult experience. Fortunately, all our group members are safe.

(As told to Yogendra Pratap Singh)


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