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Missing wildlife warden’s body found 3 days after accident in Dehradun’s Rajaji Tiger Reserve Park | India News

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Three days after four people, including two forest rangers, died after an electric vehicle on a trial run met with an accident in the Chilla range of the Rajaji Tiger Reserve Park in Dehradun, the body of a wildlife warden who had since been missing was found in the Chilla canal on Thursday.

The search and rescue operation for the wildlife warden had started soon after the incident on Monday night. In a statement issued on Tuesday morning, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) said there were 10 people in the vehicle. While five injured people were admitted to AIIMS Rishikesh for treatment, wildlife warden Aloki fell into the canal and went missing.

“Today the search operation was started by the SDRF early in the morning. As per the orders of Manikant Mishra, Commandant SDRF, the search was started near Chilla Power House by the expert divers of SDRF. On the other hand, an intensive search operation was again conducted by raft from the spot to the powerhouse. During the search, SDRF team found a dead body in the canal near Chilla Power House,” said SDRF in a statement issued on Thursday.

Inspector Kavindra Sajwan said that the recovered body has been identified as that of the female officer missing in the incident. The body has been handed over to the district police.

Search operations employing advanced search equipment such as sonar and underwater drones were underway. Simultaneously, the SDRF’s deep divers persevered in exploring the canal depths through scuba diving. On Thursday, the water level in the Chila Shakti Canal was lowered, facilitating a search operation using rafts, motor boats and deep divers.

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As per the authorities, an interceptor vehicle meant for patrolling and animal rescue was taken out for trial in the Chilla range when the accident took place. As the electric vehicle was going from Chilla towards Rishikesh, it hit a tree ahead of the Chilla Power House and collided with the parapet of the Chilla Shakti Canal. In the impact, some of the occupants fell into the ditch, while Aloki fell into the canal.

People travelling behind them in another vehicle informed the police and the park administration about the accident. Police and forest department employees took out the injured people from the ditch and rushed them to AIIMS, where the doctors declared four people dead. With the body found, the death count has now climbed to five.

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