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Ropeway rescue operation ends, 46 rescued

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Ranchi, April 12: Rescue operation to save the trapped tourists on the ropeway at Trikoot Hill under Deoghar district came to an end after 45 hours on Tuesday.

A joint operation by NDRF, Indian Airforce, Garuda Commandos and ITBP personnel saved 46 out of the 48 people. Two died during a rescue operation following some technical problem and one person died after being rescued, taking the death toll to three in the accident that took place on Sunday.

Before the rescue work came to an end, Jharkhand High Court took suo motu cognizance of the tragedy on the basis of media reports and directed the state government to file a report on the matter by April 25, before a division bench comprising Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujeet Narayan Prasad.

A Calcutta-based company Damodar Ropeways and Infra Limited had installed the ropeways in 2009 and had been operating them since then.

The state government has yet to set up a probe committee to investigate the cause behind the accident, though Chief Minister Hemant Soren promised the same through his tweet on Monday night at 9.50 pm.