HC asks which scientific techniques can be used to find remains of Kedarnath disaster victims
The Uttarakhand high court has asked the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), in Dehradun, which scientific techniques can be used to find the remains of those who died in the 2013 Kedarnath disaster. The institute has been directed to reply within one week.The division bench of chief justice Ramesh Ranganathan and justice RC Khulbe issued this direction while hearing on a public interest litigation filed by Delhi resident Ajay Gautam.
The petitioner had stated in his PIL that about 4,200 people were missing in the Kedar valley after the 2013 Kedarnath disaster. Of these, the authorities had managed to find the skeletal remains of 600 persons. However, the remains of about 3,600 persons have remained buried in the region since the disaster. The government was not undertaking any effort to find the remains of the missing persons, stated Gautam. The petitioner has appealed the court to take serious cognisance of this matter and direct the finding of the remains and ensuring the last rites. The next date for hearing of this petition will be set after one week.
Tuesday, 23 June 2020 | PNS | Nainital
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