Eight Hemkund Sahib pilgrims from Amritsar, reported missing since last week, are feared dead, police said today. According to Chamoli police, while conducting the rescue operation near the Alaknanda river, they found broken light of a car and two turbans, apparently belonging to the pilgrims. "We have also found marks of a car near a bridge between Govindghat and Vishnuprayag," a police official said. The families of the pilgrims have identified the turbans and the broken light. The rescue operation is underway.
Members of the SDRF are also involved in the operation along with the police, he said. "We are facing a lot of problem as the current of the river is very strong," he said. The pilgrims were from Amritsar and enroute to the Sikh shrine of Hemkund Sahib which reopened on May 25. The pilgrims had contacted their family members last on July 6 from a small town near Govindghat.
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