Jharkhand on ends; dozens stuck in air for 40 hours, 2 die while being rescued | Latest News India

The rescue operation in Jharkhand’s cable car accident ended after the remaining 15 tourists were evacuated from the hanging ropeway trolleys on Tuesday, according to people familiar with the development. The tourists were rescued by Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters, which resumed the rescue operation early Tuesday morning. The rescue operation was carried out by the combined teams of IAF, Army, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the district administration.

Dozens of people were caught in the air after cable cars connecting the Trikut Hills in Deoghar collided on Sunday at 4pm.

Deoghar Deputy Commissioner Manjunath Bhajantri said rescue operations, which had to be stopped after sunset, were resumed early in the morning so that the remaining captured people could be evacuated. The densely forested area surrounded by hills and trolleys dangling at altitudes of up to 1500 feet made it difficult for the ground crews to rescue the stranded people. The trapped tourists had to be taken by the air of Mi-17 helicopters of the Indian Air Force.

Three people have died in the crash so far, including two who died in a failed helicopter rescue attempt.

The district administration said the cable cars were operated by a private company and the operators fled the area shortly after the accident.

Jharkhand High Court suo moto took note of the accident and instructed the state government to file a response by April 25th.

Chief Minister Hemant Soren ordered a high-level investigation into the crash and said the administration is closely monitoring the rescue operation.

Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais said: “The accident on the ropeway built on Mount Trikut of Deoghar, a world-famous religious site, is very sad and painful. I express my deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and pray Baba Baidyanath for the speedy recovery of the wounded. “

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