Karnah mourns death of 11 persons by avalanche on this day in 2018

Demand construction of tunnel on Sadna pass

Zubair Ahmad

Karnah, Jan 5 (KNS) People of border town Karnah today observed January 5 as mourning day to mourn the deaths at Sadhna top on this day in 2018 when avalanche killed 11 persons in the incident.
According to Kashmir News Service (KNS) correspondent, Karnah area mourns their loss when 11 people including a toddler were killed when two Tata Sumo vehicles with 12 people on board were hit by an avalanche at 'Khoni Nallah' Sadhna top in north Kashmir's Kupwara district.
Residents said 5th January's was not the first such tragedy to occur, as snow avalanches have been consuming lives in past too in winters.
Residents said four years ago on Feb 2017 a Army man Mohd Abass of Chitterkote Village of this border town was forced to walk by foot 15 kilometers on heavy snow carrying his mother's dead body on his shoulder to reach his native village for last rites. Mohd Abass was posted in Pathankote where his mother Sakeena Begum died on January 30th there.
The incident should have been an eye opener for the authorities who failed to construct the tunnel, they said.
The resident of this remote area have been protesting time to time for construction of a tunnel through the Sadhna pass but the government is only giving false assurances.
After the 5 January 2018 incident, the voices for construction of the tunnel became shriller.
A top beacon official told KNS "a detailed project report (DPR) for construction of 6.13 kilometre tunnel at Sadhna top on Karnah-Kupwara road is being formulated." (KNS) 

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