After the fourth day of search operations, 20 people are still missing The number of bodies found now stands at 42 and eight more have been recovered

By our journalist
IMPHAL, July 3: Eight more bodies have been recovered from the debris of the Marangching landslide on day 4 of the intensive search operation which has been launched. Of the eight, one of the deceased was an officer with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
With the recovery of eight more, the total number of bodies found so far now stands at 42. Another 20 people are still missing while 18 people, including civilians, have been rescued alive.
Sources told the Sangai Express that the eight bodies were found in thick mud and sludge, made worse by rain.
Of the eight bodies found, six belonged to TA personnel, including the lieutenant colonel. One was a VSC while the identity of three other victims has not yet been established.
The bodies recovered today are identified as Lt. Col. Kapil Dev Burman (43) from Durg district in Chhatisgarh, Havildar Deepkar Pradhan (40) from Darjeeling district in West Bengal, Havildar Chandan Gurung (42) also from Darjeeling, Rifleman Pritam Kumar Dutta from Murshidabad in West Bengal, Devajit Phukan (VSC worker) from Morigaon in Assam.
The identities of three other people have not yet been established until this report was filed late today.
On June 30, the first day of the search operation, 8 bodies were found while 18 people were rescued alive. 26 bodies were recovered on July 1 and 2 and today, i.e. July 3, another eight bodies were recovered to bring the total number of bodies recovered to 42.
Despite adverse weather conditions including heavy rain and new landslides, the Army, Assam Rifles, Territorial Army, NDRF and SDRF continued the search for missing persons in Tupul after the tragic landslide. ground.
Wall radars and search and rescue dogs are being used to assist in the search operation, said a statement released by the Defense Wing (BDP).
Besides the 13 Territorial Army personnel and 5 civilians who have been rescued, the remains of 23 Territorial Army personnel and 11 civilians have been recovered so far, the statement added.
The mortal remains of seven Territorial Army personnel were sent to their respective home stations by an IAF plane and an Indian Army helicopter in Kolkata, Bagdogra and Agartala.
The mortal remains received full military honors from GOC Red Shield Division and IGAR (South) at Imphal today morning.
Efforts to locate remaining Territorial Army personnel and civilians will continue until the “last individual is found”, PIB added.
Even as the search operation is ongoing, the 86 Bn of the CRPF also played a major role in the search operation in Tupul.
In a statement, the 2IC of the 86 Bn CRPF said that the personnel of the A/86 Bn CRPF deployed in Noney PS (20 km from the site of the incident) and the B/86 CRPF deployed in Nungtek (8 km from the incident site) rushed to the incident site. tragedy and conducted a rescue operation with Territorial Army personnel.
As the landslide had blocked the flow of the Ijei River, a storage-like dam was created in the middle of the river, causing the B/86 Bn CRPF to leave its camp location at Nungtek.
This, however, did not deter personnel from joining the rescue operation as A/86 CRPF personnel under the command of Deputy Commander Sh Manoj Singh and Deputy Commander W Longvah from day one.
DIG Range Imphal CRPF RS Rautela with 2IC (Commdt-AOL) 86 Bn and Tonglenlal Haopkip Dy Commdt of 86 Bn visited the incident site on July 2 to oversee rescue and search operations, the statement added.

Brandon D. James