Dharamshala: To of the four boys from Kangra who were trapped in heavy snow when they were out trekking in the Dhauladhar ranges have succumbed to the cold that they were exposed to while the other two were rescued and are out of danger.
Rohit (16), son of Paramjeet, a resident of Slate Godown, Dharamshala, and Monty Dhiman, who used to work in Ambala have died and Rohit (18), son of Raj Kumar and Satyam (17), son of Sagar have been rescued, district police superintended Khushal Sharma stated.
The four boys in the 16-18 age group were reported missing on Saturday evening. They were said to have gone out on a winter trek in the lower Dhauladhar ranges, even though the weather forecast was that of heavy rain and snow for the region.
On being trapped in the snow, somehow over the phone, they managed to establish contact with their families, informing them of the grave danger they had landed in.
Police had launched a rescue mission on Sunday. “The rescue mission was launched even as it was snowing heavily in the mountain ranges,” said Sharma, “it was after much effort that the boys were traced and found to be trapped amidst heavy snow.”
One boy had died on the spot and another succumbed to cold exposure while being taken to the hospital, he said. The two rescued boys were rushed to Dharamshala hospital for treatment and are out of danger, he added.
The body of one of the boys has been brought back to Dharamshala while the other boys’ body is yet to be retrieved, the police officer said.
Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience.
He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI.
In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism award. He reports on the Tibetan Government in Exile, politics, sports, tourism and other topics. He lives in Dharamshala.