Chamoli: Annoyed over slow pace of rescue operations in the rain-ravaged hill state of Uttarakhand, pilgrims on Sunday reportedly thrashed an IAS officer of Punjab cadre.

Kahan Singh Pannu, a 1996 batch IAS officer and Director General of school education in Punjab, was assigned to look after the rescue works in Hemkund Sahib.

According to the reports, the stranded pilgrims were irked when they knew that several people were asked to leave the helicopter carrying victims to safer place. Besides this, several pilgrims alleged that they did not receive anything to eat or drink.

People complained about the poor pace of rescue works and tried to narrate their ordeal to the IAS officer when he arrived in Govindghat on Sunday evening to take stock of the situation. Soon the conversation turned ugly as the response from the IAS officer allegedly irked flood victims after which they thrashed him.
According to ITBP commander PK Tiwari, the personnel engaged in rescue workers intervened and took the officer to a safer place at Joshimath.


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