Helpline counters in Jammu flooded with requests

TILAK MEHRA. Dated: 9/10/2014 9:51:07 AM

JAMMU, Sep 9: Two Information Centers at JKTDC Residency Road and District Police Line (DPL) in Jammu city and Police Control Room Jammu have been set up by the state administration headed by JKTDC General Manager Sushil Atri and SO to DIG Rajnish Pran respectively to get information about whereabouts of the family members trapped in flood affected areas in Kashmir valley.
About 300 relatives and parents visited the JKTDC Information Centre (IC) since morning and registered their details about their family members trapped in various parts of valley. However, they had no information about individuals so far rescued.
Information Centre Incharge and JKTDC General Manager Sushil Atri, while speaking to Kashmir Times, said, “Around 300 requests were registered by the Information Centre team in Jammu by the relatives whose members are still in contact with them and we have sent the same to Police Control Srinagar through SMS to confirm the whereabouts of their members and are appealing to rescue them and airlift them to Jammu from Srinagar.”
“The relatives have been also asked to remain calm as the state administration in collaboration with Army, Air Force, Naval Commandos and other related agencies are already on the job and whenever the Centre gets any confirmation from Srinagar Police Control Room in this context and the same will be informed to all with names if possible after they are rescued,” he maintained.
“The distressed relatives have appealed to the state administration to pay attention to the persons stranded in the flood and rescue them immediately to safer places trapped in various party of Srinagar city as till now no rescue team has reached there and they have no food and water to drink since the last 2 days,” Atri informed.
“All the visiting families have urged upon the state government to take necessary steps and direct the rescue to Lal Chowk, Raj Bagh, Lala Rukh Hotel, Amira Kadal, Jawahar Nagar, Indra Nagar, Tulsi Bagh and other adjoining area so that precious lives of the persons trapped in such a dangerous zone can be saved,” he added.
Similarly, some political parties of Jammu and Kashmir like Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and National Panthers Party (NPP) have also setup help lines/Information Centres in their respective headquarters to collect the information regarding missing persons from outside Kashmir Valley so that the Centres may try to help the rescue teams to provide prompt information about the persons trapped in various parts of valley.
NPP General Secretary Anita Thakur said, “We have set up urgent Information Centres at 30-B Gandhi Nagar Jammu Pradesh, Rajbagh Srinagar and New Delhi in our respective headquarters for collecting information about the ‘trapped persons’ in Kashmir Valley. The authority /administration may also send information to these centers so that immediate communication is set up between the separate families.”
She further informed that any information-enquiry about the trapped persons from Jammu Pradesh elsewhere may be communicated on the following numbers Jammu: 0191-2458131, 2458488, Srinagar: 0194-2143535, 94191-19906, or can Emails:,,
Atri said, "Around 600 complaints have been registered by the Information Centre today and the number is likely to go up during night hours and the same has been sent to Srinagar Police Control Room through SMS, Fax and Email to address the people confirmation about their family members.
He further said, “West Bengal MLA Abdul Rahim Boxsi has also registered a complaint over the phone in the Information Centre at around 1.30 pm who claimed that around 2000 labourers from West Bengal are still trapped in flood affected areas in Kashmir Valley and sought that they be rescued and departed to their native land.”



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