SOPORE — As the body of the Sopore teenager continues to remain untraced for the 11th straight day with rescue teams, another expert from Ganderbal with his extraordinary skills has started to try his luck.
An official told the news agency KNO that the search operation to trace the body of a teenage girl, who jumped into the river Jhelum in Sopore town, entered its 11th day on Thursday.
The expert swimmer from Kangan area of Ganderbal, Bashir Ahmed Mir (39) traveled 40 kilometers to reach Sopore to join the rescue and search operation team.
Mir, who possesses extraordinary swimming skills to rescue people from drowning and retrieving missing bodies from rivers and streams, is also a political activist affiliated with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the past many years.
“I’m doing this social work in the name of Allah,” Mir told KNO and claimed that he has saved almost 100 people who drowned.
Mir said the Jhelum has been polluted to a larger extent. “I used my techniques but the current temperature due to the Chilla-e-Kalan makes it more hectic to go deeper,” he said.
Meanwhile, local fishermen communities who were part of the rescue and search operations have decided to call off the operation. While as an official from the SDRF said that they will continue the operation till any orders from the higher-ups.
Earlier, an expert of Pulwama Abdul Salam, a 64-year-old man from Kakapora area, who claims to have saved 18 lives and fished out at least 40 bodies from the various water bodies across the Kashmir Valley joined the operation, but Salam’s expertise didn’t pave anything, citing the flow of Jhelum near the spot.