Dharamshala: Rescue and search parties have failed to locate Harnek Singh, an advocate who is a resident of Palampur, as he is reported missing from 1st September after having set out on a trek in the Bundla mountainous forest areas of Dhauladhar Ranges.
Family members who failed to establish contact with the trekker, lodged a missing complaint on 3rd September.
Ajit Bhardwaj, magistrate of Palampur said, “search teams, which included locals and police teams, have been searching for Harnek Singh since 4th September but have failed to locate his whereabouts.” He added that a search by helicopter would be conducted to try and locate the missing trekker on Wednesday.
Harnek, a regular trekker, set out on the morning of 1st September and reached Bundla-Om Hydro power project, from where he boarded a jeep to Choti, a check post point. From Choti the trekker started a climb to a nearby mountain top and was spotted by shepherds who were grazing their flocks in the nearby pastures. He was expected back home in the evening, but did not turn up. At first family and friends went out searching for him before lodging a missing complaint with the police.
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