New Delhi: Rudraprayag District Magistrate Raghav Langar dispelled the consternation and apprehension surrounding the discovery of human skeletal remains in the Kedar Valley.
On Sunday, the DM recalled the 2013 Uttarakhand national tragedy and said that disaster of such magnitude would lead to these kinds of discoveries even a century later.
"I can't understand the logic behind hue and cry over human remains being found in the valley even three years after the tragedy. Just look at the magnitude of the calamity. From Kedar valley alone 3985 people went missing who were later declared dead. Out of this skeletal remains of only 827 were found and disposed of. That brings us to the conclusion that the rest are still untraced and lying somewhere buried under tonnes of debris.In the light of this fact I would not be surprised if human skeletal remains are found in Kedar valley even 25 years from now," Langar told reporters.
The DM urged the different political parties not to meddle the news with politics as it will hurt tourism in the long run.
Skeletal remains were recently found along forested trek route between Triyuginarayn and Kedarnath.
In June 2013, a multi-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides becoming the country's worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. As of 16 July 2013, according to figures provided by the Uttarakhand government, more than 5,700 people were "presumed dead."