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Expressing grief, Sajad Lone pitches for construction of tunnel

Srinagar: Three persons died due to cold after they were caught in a snowstorm in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district, police said on Tuesday.

A group of people were moving on foot from Kupwara to Karnah when they were caught in a snowstorm near Khoni Nallah in Sadhna Top mountain pass area in north Kashmir on Monday night, a police official said.

Three people went missing while others managed to reach Sadhna Top, where they informed the police and the army about the incident. When the security forces reached the spot, they found three persons had died due to cold, the official said.

The deceased have been identified as Tahir Khoja, Khaliq Shiekh and Fareed Ahmad - all residents of Karnah, the official added.

Fresh snowfall was reported in many areas in the higher reaches of the state on Monday. The road from Kupwara to Karnah is closed for traffic movement due to snow.

Meanwhile, Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone and party’s parliamentary candidate from Baramulla Raja Aijaz Ali have expressed grief and sorrow over the death of three people due to an avalanche near Khoni Nallah at Sadhna Top and urged the Governor administration to extend all possible assistance to the bereaved families.

“Yet another accident claims three precious lives at Sadhna pass en route to Karnah. This pass has claimed hundreds of lives so far. A tunnel is a necessity to end the travails of inhabitants of Karnah”, Sajad Lone said while expressing grief over the incident.

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