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Amarnath accident: Banihal NGO gets Rs 5 lakh for rescuing pilgrims

SRINAGAR: Governor N N Vohra drove to the site of the accident on Sunday. Impressed by the prompt relief provided by a local NGO, Youth Against Evils, Banihal, in rescuing the injured pilgrims, in co-ordination with the district administration, Vohtra sanctioned an amount of Rs 5 lakh for this NGO, for strengthening their humanitarian endeavours.

Vohra, who is Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, immediately flew to Banihal along with B B Vyas, Chief Secretary; S P Vaid, DGP; and Umang Narula, Chief Executive Officer of the Board, to see to the rescue operations being carried out by the District Administration Ramban with the help of Indian Air Force.  As per the Governor’s earlier directions to the Chief Secretary, the seriously injured pilgrims were got evacuated to Jammu through IAF helicopters. Governor saw the critically injured Yatris who were airlifted in a M17 helicopter after he arrived at Banihal.  He met the doctors and enquired about the medical treatment given to the Yatris before they were airlifted in his presence.

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