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Jharkhand Ropeway Accident: All Tourists Evacuated in 44-hour Rescue Operation, Death Toll Climbs to 4; HC Orders Inquiry

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News18.com

Last Updated: April 12, 2022, 13:06 IST

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IAF helicopters involved in Jharkhand ropeway accident rescue. (Image: ANI)

IAF helicopters involved in Jharkhand ropeway accident rescue. (Image: ANI)

The death toll climbed to three after a person fell down from helicopter while being airlifted on Monday evening

Rescue operations at Trikut hills close to Baba Baidyanath Temple in Jharkhand’s Deoghar district came to an end after all passengers in cable cars were rescued Tuesday noon after being trapped for over 40 hours. The death toll climbed to three after a person fell down from helicopter while being airlifted on Monday evening. Rescue operations are on by the combined teams of IAF, Army, ITBP, NDRF and district administration.

The Jharkhand High Court has taken suo motu cognizance of Deoghar ropeway incident and has ordered an inquiry into the matter. The court will hear the issue on April 26. Before that, the state has been asked to file a detailed inquiry report through an affidavit.

During the rescue operation on Tuesday, a woman fell while being rescued, News18 has learnt. Rescue personnel tried to bring her to the ground from the cabin. Further details awaited.

The accident took place on April 10 after two cable cars in a ropeway collided with each other at Trikut hills in Jharkhand’s Deoghar district even as the Indian Air Force on Monday continued its operation to rescue stranded tourists.

The Indian Air Force continues operations for rescue of those stranded at the Deoghar ropeway. Operations re-commenced early in the morning today and are progressing briskly, the IAF said.

“The people trapped during the ropeway journey on Trikut mountain are being rescued by the team of Air Force and NDRF. So far seven people have been rescued,” Deoghar Deputy Commissioner Manjunath Bhajantri said on Tuesday morning.

Bhajantri said rescue operations were started by the teams of Air Force, Indian Army, NDRF, ITBP and local administration early morning so that the remaining trapped people could be rescued. Rescue operations had to be stopped after sunset as the ropeway runs through a picturesque yet densely forested area surrounded by hills, access to which is difficult except by air. Also making rescue from the ground difficult is the fact that the trolleys are suspended at heights of up to 1500 feet.

Two persons have died so far including one on Monday who fell to his death during a botched helicopter rescue attempt, while 12 persons who were injured are being treated in hospitals. Acting on the request of the state government, the IAF has deployed one Mi-17 and one Mi-17 V5 helicopter early in the morning. The IAF contingent also has a component of IAF Garud Commandos to conduct the operations.

Trikut ropeway is one of the highest vertical ropeways and has a maximum lens angle of 44 degrees. It has been built some 20 km from Baba Baidyanath Temple and is about 766-metres-long. The Trikut hill is 392-metres-high. The ropeway has 25 cabins and each can seat four people.

Chief Minister Hemant Soren has expressed deep sorrow over the accident. Talking to reporters at Ranchi airport, he said that after the accident, relief and rescue work is being carried out on a war footing.

On Monday, Jharkhand’s Disaster Management Minister Banna Gupta, Tourism Minister Hafizul Ansari also reached the spot. Local MP Nishikant Dubey, Deputy Commissioner of the district Manjunath Bhajantri and many high officials were present at the spot since Sunday evening.

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first published:April 12, 2022, 12:00 IST
last updated:April 12, 2022, 13:06 IST