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1,300 stranded Army personnel airlifted in J&K

The Army personnel were stranded following disruption of vehicular traffic due to landslides on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

india Updated: Jul 15, 2006 12:36 IST

The Indian Air Force has airlifted nearly 1,300 Army personnel stranded between Srinagar and Jammu following disruption of vehicular traffic due to landslides on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, a Defence spokesperson said.

Due to closure of the National Highway for quite some time, many soldiers who had to reach Jammu were stranded at Srinagar and similarly a large number of soldiers also got stuck up in Jammu, the spokesperson said.

IAF was assigned to undertake the operation and accordingly four AN-32 aeroplanes were pressed into service to evacuate the army personnel on Friday.

An air bridge was launched between Srinagar and Jammu and about 800 troops were airlifted to Srinagar and about 500 were brought here from Srinagar, he said.

Keeping in view the situation in the state, it was necessary to take these soldiers to Srinagar where from they had to go to different destinations to join their duties, the spokesperson said.