The body of Narinder Kumar, the guide accompanying seven youths from Punjab whose Mahindra Bolero SUV was washed away in a flashflood on May 10 following a cloudburst in the Loti Khad near Sunni, 65 km from here, was recovered from the Sutlej on Thursday.
Narinder Kumar alias Titu was washed away with four youths from Nawanshahr in Punjab while three were rescued the same day. He hailed from Nepal whose family was settled in Tihri Garhwal of Uttarakhand.
He was working as a guide-cum-rafting assistant with a local service provider.
Earlier, a 28-member National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team had called off it search operation, saying the possibility of recovering the bodies in the river was bleak.
On Thursday, some rafters spotted a body floating in the Sutlej near Sunni around 11:30am. They informed the police and the body was taken out. It was later identified as that of Narinder Kumar. Police officials said the deceased’s family has been informed. “They are reaching here tomorrow. After postmortem, body will be handed over to them,” an official said.
Shimla deputy commissioner Rohan Chand Thakur said the district administration had launched the search operation to locate the bodies in the Loti Khad and surrounding areas. “We put our efforts but as experts said the bodies were in the river and will come up after some time,” Thakur said.
On Wednesday, around six dozen villagers from Ranewal and Chahrmajra villages in Nawanshahr district of Punjab had arrived to search the bodies of the missing youth. After realising that the possibility of bodies in the debris are low, villagers have returned to their native place.
Four of the missing tourists have been identified as Sharanpreet Singh (22), Hardeep Singh (20), Evanjot Singh (20) from Ranewal; Amanpreet Singh (20) of Chahrmajra in Nawanshahr.