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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Bhopal, June 20, 2013
With hundreds of stranded pilgrims from Madhya Pradesh remaining incommunicado in Uttarakhand, their family members are having a tough time in ascertaining their safety. Most of them remained glued to their television sets, surfing various news channels to get the latest reports about relief and rescue operations in Uttarakhand. Reports are pouring in about the pilgrims stranded in Uttrakhand from across the fifty districts of MP.

Four buses from Bhind ferrying over 100 pilgrims are among the stranded in Uttarakhand. Besides, 25 pilgrims from Rajpura village who had left for Chardham yatra, are untraceable.

Ashok Singh and Jitendra Singh said their family members had left for Uttarakhand on June 7 and there has been no communication with them for the last three days.

According to sources, 25 pilgrims who had gone for a pilgrimage to Kedarnath and Haridwar, are said to be safe and are returning to the state.

Ashok Patidhar, whose father is stranded in Uttarakhand, said that he talked to his father Laxminarayan Patidhar over the phone on Wednesday morning.

A group of 22 pilgrims from Dhanna village in Sagar district is also among the stranded. Many pilgrims who left from Sagar had come from Damoh district.

Two families comprising nearly 25 people were stranded somewhere near Kedarnath. They left for Uttarakhand in private vehicles.

Three families comprising a dozen people are among the stranded pilgrims. Mahesh Bhawsar, Shashikala Bhawsar, Avishka, Champa Lal Ajmera, Bhagwanti Devi, Vidya Devi and Jamna Prasad are among the stranded.

A group of eight pilgrims from Shivpuri is among the stranded. Their whereabouts are not known as their cell phones are switched off.