This is not the first time that the Army and District Police Poonch have rescued people stranded on this road! It was time to do it yet again!
Every year this happens, somewhere the people get into trouble and then raise hue and cry for getting rescued and thereafter it is the show that belongs to the security force in which the Indian Army takes the lead and they were doing so yet again.
In this act they were joined in by District Police Poonch as they have done in the past and finally the rescue act was completed. (I will come to this later in the script).
It has been seen from the very beginning ever since this road began to be used that the vehicle hold ups due to inclement weather and accidents are not uncommon and thus the army and the police have to be in action mode all throughout as and when the weather gets on the heavier and threatening side. Yesterday too it had.
It’s a great honor to save people who are stranded and the Indian Army is right up front in these tasks with a steady support from the Police.
So many have been rescued and revived people in the worst of conditions on this road because it is a terrible frozen chill that tends to gnaw into hands and feet if one tends to get stuck up. God only knows how many would appreciate their second chance they got in life when they had all given up!
In a rescue act the situations vary. Some of them can be outrageously nasty and that is the time when the soldiers on the mission begin to think, ‘maybe I couldn’t help everyone survive, but I could, at least, save this one life.’ It happens many times but if a situation is out of control nothing much can be done but the effort will be really stupendous.
Such was the impact of the weather that the road remains closed for the traffic as the outpour from the sky and storms bludgeoned the fragile slopes along the road side.
Although beautiful, pleasant and breezy in summers, the weather in the mountains can be extremely unpredictable. No one knows as to what could happen at the moment that has not yet come and yesterday the same thing happened as the weather gave another chameleon-like facelift to a stretch on the Mughal road leaving the men, women and children stranded because under the given weather conditions they were going nowhere. This road is a place where one can get suddenly lost. And that can be a nasty feeling but they know that the men in uniform would arrive and pull them out of the quagmire they are in and they do come to the people as a relief with the younger lot in the mission squad saying, ’as a boy, I never dreamed I would be charged with the task of saving the lives of these people who are strangers to me but yet very close’!
The people who are caught in the vagaries of the weather do feel that they are like the men standing at the mouth of an old mine-shaft that is full of cave-ins waiting to happen, standing there and saying goodbye to the daylight. It’s a scary sequence especially for the children with mothers trying to huddle them in their embrace. They want the help to arrive fast but the men who are moving up for the rescue act too have their own problems as the weather causes chicanery for them too but eventually they do slog it out and reach where they have to start the operations. The same was the case yesterday night and this I how everything happened:
Army today said that 41 civilians including two children and eight females were rescued after having got stranded along the Mughal Road.
The police too arrived for assistance in the rescue act.
On account of inclement weather conditions, heavy rainfall and excessive lightning, a large part of Mughal road was blocked due to falling of several trees in the area between Ratta Chamb and Mansar Mohre .
This situation is created every time as and when the weather turns bad. As a result, 41 civilians were stranded at the location.
A team of Army immediately launched a rescue operation from JCP at Poshana and rescued the stranded passengers.
In all, 41 civilians, among others 25 young men, eight women and two children besides six elderly, were rescued.
The Police too activated itself in the rescue operation.
Adequate heating arrangements and warm meals were catered for the rescued persons. The civilians were highly appreciative of the swift action of the Army which saved them from vagaries of weather and harsh terrain.
So it was yet another rescue act which again was executed with precision and clinical ability by the officers and men on the job!
When the call comes the rescuers move as one unit, already wearing the rescue gear they would need. As they start this mission they only can ever see one step at a time, and though there is forming a picture in the inward eye of both goal and destination, it remains ever onward one step at a time. That is why each and every time the rescue act is a success whatever the situation may be! This was what precisely happened yesterday!