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Day 6: No trace of missing Srinagar trekker, search continues

LocalDay 6: No trace of missing Srinagar trekker, search continues
Hilal Ahmad, a missing Trekker.

It has been now six days since Hilal Ahmad Bhat (Hilal Basit) of Srinagar got missing while trekking in the Naranag-Gangbal area and there is no trace of him despite search being intensified.

The search to trace Hilal were intensified on Thursday with SDRF also joining the efforts already going on. They joined the Police, Gujjars, Bakerwals, Volunteers, JKMHC members and family member of the missing trekker.

Despite their efforts there was no trace of trekker on Thursday while as the searches will continue on Friday. SDRF, volunteers arranged by family members, Gujars and Bakerwals will continue searching for Hilal in Butsheri Forests and Truntkol area.

Hilal Basit, an MBA pass out from Kashmir University, had planned to visit Kolsar Lake in the vicinity of Gangbal Valley, a 13KM trek (6 hours) from Naranag along with 4 other trekkers.

However, midway, Hilal due to being tired had allowed other members to proceed on to Kolsar while as he waited. After one and half hour, group while coming back from lake couldn’t found Hilal at the spot. Since than he has been missing despite search efforts by Police, JKMHC members, local Bakerwals and his family members. According to Police the last location of Hill’s cell phone was located on June 14 at 10:23 AM near Butsheri Top while moving towards Truntkol.

His family has been stationed during all these days at Naranag and have been making efforts to the trace and get any clue about the guy.

On Thursday teams searched at Mahlish top, Dumail Forest and Truntkoul areas. One went through Dumail forest srea while as another from Kolsar lake towards Mahlish top and over to Chattergul.

Meanwhile his family members had held protest on Wednesday in press enclave Srinagar requesting Administration to speed up efforts.

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