Divers of Army, Navy asked to locate family of five feared drowned in Assam
Divers of the Indian Army and Navy have been called to locate a family of five who are feared to have drowned after their car plunged into a river in Sivasagar district of Upper Assam on Saturday.
A diving team of Indian Navy is on its way while Indian Army’s Special Forces are already involved in the search operations after request from the administration.
Police said the Guwahati-based family of Haren Bora, a 58-year-old businessman, was visiting their ancestral village, Dichial in Sivasagar.
The driver seemed to have lost control and the car fell into Dikhow river after breaking a dyke right next to the village, said Bolin Deori, additional superintendent of police.
”Instead of turning right at the embankment, the car just drove straight into the river,” Deori said.
The occupants of the car included Bora, his wife, Phunu Bora, a government official in Guwahati, daughters Dikhsita Bora, an MBA student, Nikshita Bora, a student of higher secondary first year, and the businessman’s 80-year-old mother, Punon Bora.
“There is a strong current. The waters are muddy and the river is up to 60 feet deep at places,” Deori said, adding how divers were not able to get to the bottom.
Around 100 personnel including 32 deep divers, including of the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force, along with 10 boats searched the river, but were unable to locate the car, following which assistance was sought from the Army.
“A team of 14 divers of Army special forces from the Spears Corps at Dimapur commenced the search early morning on September 3,” a defence spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, a 10 member naval diving team has been airlifted from Visakhapatnam by an IAF AN32 aircraft for search operations. The team is expected to arrive by Monday evening.