As Kashmir continues to grapple with snow and inclement weather, soldiers of the Indian Army have been busy saving lives.
On January 14 when heavy winds blew snow up into a storm in Kashmir's Lacchipura, two locals, Tariq Iqbal and Zahoor Ahmed Khan, were hit by a snow slide. According to a post made by the official Twitter handle of the Chinar Corps, a special unit of the Indian Army that handles operations in Jammu and Kashmir as well as along the Line of Control (LOC), as soon as the nearest army post became aware of the situation, they swung to action.
While Zahoor was rescued first, digging out Tariq from under the snow proved to be harder. After a frantic search of about twenty minutes, Tariq was rescued from under the snow and given medical support until his condition stabilised. He was eventually evacuated to Baramulla for further medical attention.
Photos of the rescue mission were initially posted by the official Twitter handle of the ADG OI of the Indian Army.
#AwamAurJawan#IndianArmy extricated two civilians Tariq Iqbal and Zahoor Ahmed Khan, residents of #Lacchipura after they being hit by snow slide. Provided medical aid and evacuated to hospital for specialised medical care. We pray for their faster recovery. pic.twitter.com/9JVxknMSm7— ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) January 14, 2020
On Wednesday, the Chinar Corps shared an inspiring video of soldiers helping Tariq out. They can be seen tirelessly at work while they dig away at the hard snow until they finally find Tariq.
The video has received a lot of love on Twitter. Many saluted the bravery and dedication of the Indian Army despite harsh conditions.
Such selfless actions by soldiers ... Humanity above everything— sonal1968 (@SonalSalabh) January 16, 2020
My Salute to all the Jawans of our Army who did not lose hope and rescued Tariq. Well Done. Jai Hind ke Sena...— Saroj Kumar (@SarojKarnataka) January 15, 2020
Crores of salute is nothing for what you are doing for our safe days and nights. Dhanya ho aap.— Ghanshyam Modi (@GhanshyamModi20) January 15, 2020
The incident occurs even as Kashmir has been under a five-month long digital lockdown that has been in place since August 5 after the Bharatiya Janata Party government imposed an internet ban following outrage against the abrogation of Article 370 that took away the constitutionally guaranteed special status accorded to the former state of Jammu & Kashmir as an autonomous unit. The government also reorganised the state into two union territories including J&K and Ladakh.
Last week, the Supreme Court of India asked the government to review the internet ban in Kashmir.