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46 passengers of Caravan-e-Aman still missing

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October 17, 2005 13:12 IST

As many as 46 passengers of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service remained untraceable even 10 days after the killer earthquake, raising fears that they might have perished.

The whereabouts of only eight passengers of Caravan-e-Aman have been known so far, while 46 of them, who had gone to Muzaffarabad on various dates, were still missing, Regional Passport Officer S L Sriramalu told PTI in Srinagar.

He said five Sikhs, who travelled by the October 6 edition of the bus service, had been brought back through the International Border, while two Hindus - Jagdish Lal Tandon and his son - were traced in Islamabad, Pakistan.

One Hindu passenger, Basti Ram Tandon, was killed in the earthquake, he said. Although one person had crossed back by foot to Uri, his native village, the authorities expressed ignorance about his presence.

As the remaining passengers could not be contacted as yet, it is widely believed that they might have perished along with their relatives in Muzaffarabad and other quake-affected areas of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

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