Uttarakhand tunnel collapse: ‘First one to escape’, Assamese father ecstatic after son returns

GUWAHATI | Updated: 29 November, 2023 10:23 pm IST
The site of the tunnel collapse at Uttarkashi (TNI Photo by Sumit Kumar)

GUWAHATI: A father of a rescued worker heaved a sigh of relief as his son was rescued from the collapsed Silkyara Bend-Barkot tunnel in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district. 

“Last night, we got to know that all of them came out one by one, I saw that the first one to come out was my son,” said Rupen Narzary, the father of Ramprasad Narzary, one of the 41 workers.

Rupen, a resident of Kokrajhar, shared how grateful he felt for having the rescue workers helping in rescuing his son and his colleagues out of the darkness of the tunnel. “The relief workers of Uttarakhand safely took out my son and also greeted him with garland. I was very happy then.”

 

Ramprasad, a 40 year old from Ramfabil village belonging to the Bodo tribe, had gone to Uttarakhand on May 21 after being alerted about the job from his neighbour. His job at the tunnel earned him a salary of Rs 18,000 per month.

“My son was stuck in the tunnel for so many days but during the time he was stuck we were lucky enough to hear his voice through recorded voice messages. He told us that he was safe inside and to not be tense. The workers of Uttarakhand were kind enough to help us hear our son’s voice, for which we were hopeful and at great relief,” added Rupen, the father of the victim.

Rupen further goes on to add, “I always prayed to God not only for my son but for all the men who were stuck inside and had faith in the government as they were giving us assurance in every step of the rescue operation.”

Sharing her happiness on seeing her husband being rescued, Ramprasad’s wife, Sumitra Narzary told The New Indian, “I was very happy when my husband came out safely. We are in great relief now.” On the other hand, Shan Narzary, the younger brother of the rescued worker, expressed relief, saying, “God has given him a second life. During the days he was stuck inside, we could rarely eat anything. We were always in tension, we prayed to God every second so that all of them can come out safe.”

On the success of the operation, the Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma took to X, to express his satisfaction. He tweeted, “This also brings me personal relief as with the blessings of Maa Kamakhya, two of our own brothers from Kokrajhar – Ram Prasad Narzary and Sanjay Basumatary have also come out safely. We were constantly in touch with their families through this ordeal.”

Alongside him, Sanjoy Basumatary, another trapped worker was also rescued from the tunnel, who had also left Bodoland in search of better jobs.

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