Monday, 8 June 2015

Remains of human limb found in Kedarnath two years after tragedy

Skeletal remains of a human foot were found lying under a heap of rubble in a structure close to Kedarnath temple nearly two years after a catastrophic deluge hit the shrine and other parts of Uttarakhand in June 2013 leaving a trail of death and devastation.

The remains of a human foot were sighted on Saturday as some locals were clearing debris from a structure in a narrow bylane about 50 metres from the Himalayan shrine, Rudraprayag Superintendent of Police Barinderjit Singh told.

The remains of the human limb were cremated after conducting necessary formalities like DNA sampling and panchnama the same day, he said.

However, the official said that there was nothing curious about skeletal remains still being found from the area despite several combing operations conducted there in search of bodies since the tragedy.

"The remains of over six hundred persons that have been cremated in Kedar valley so far were the ones found on the surface. "We are yet to remove 50-60 feet of rubble lying in the area surrounding the shrine and it wouldn't be surprising if we come upon something lying underneath," Singh said.

Entire floor of buildings is lying underneath the debris. Now that locals have been permitted to remove the debris from the structures, the possibility of something or the other being found cannot be ruled out, he said.

Monday 8 June 2015


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