3 dead in Jharkhand ropeway accident, Indian Air Force rescues over 40
- One person fell off the chopper while being rescued
- Rescue operations were suspended for the night
- Drones were used to supply food and water to those trapped
The Indian Air Force completed a rescue mission in Jharkhand's Deogarh after a cable car collision on Monday put the lives of more than 40 people in danger. Three deaths were linked to the incident.
Hours after the rescue operations started, one person was reported dead after falling from the helicopter while being rescued. The individual was seen grabbing onto a thick rope suspended from the aircraft, but then losing grip and falling.
Drones were used to supply food and water to those who were left trapped mid-air in the cable cars.
Meanwhile, nearly 24 hours after the rescue operations began, Jharkhand High Court decided to step into the matter. The court said that an inquiry will be launched to know more about the incident and that the matter will be heard on April 26, 2022.
Manjunath Bhajantri, the Deputy Commissioner of Deogarh, said that the rescue operations around the ropeway were a combined effort of the Indian Air Force, Army, indo-Tibetian Border Police (ITBP), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and district administration officials.
Ramesh Bais, the Jharkhand Governor said in a statement: "The accident on the ropeway built on Trikut mountain of Deoghar, a world-famous religious place, is very sad and painful. I express my deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and pray to Baba Baidyanath for the speedy recovery of the injured."
The rescue operations were halted on Monday evening after sunset as visibility in the area goes down. Carrying on with the operation was difficult as the ropeway is at a height of nearly 1,500 feet. Being of the highest vertical ropeways, the Trikut ropeway is said to be one of most visited sites in Jharkhand and important to the state's tourism.