Harbhajan turns counsellor for stranded pilgrims

Updated: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 15:21 [IST]
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Harbhajan Singh turns counsellor
Dehradun, June 19: Spinner Harbhajan Singh, who has been stranded in Joshimath, on Tuesday (June 18) took the role of a counsellor alongside ITBP personnel as he met a number of pilgrims hit by incessant rains and floods.

The cricketer is staying at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) camp at Joshimath since the last three days after he too could not reach Hemkund Sahib gurdwara due to inclement weather.

The off-spinner accompanied ITBP officials to the forces' barracks and campuses where stranded pilgrims are being provided food and medicines and talked to them.

"He counselled them (pilgrims and tourists) that all would be well soon and that force personnel and others are trying to bring as much succor as they can. He gave them food and water and spent with them," a senior ITBP official said.

The ITBP has deployed close to 600 personnel for relief and rescue operations in the state and has opened up its office and residential buildings for the people to stay.

"Our jawans have even emptied their barracks to accommodate the people who are stuck. Every effort is being made to provide food, water and medicines through two private choppers that have been pressed in by the force," the official said.

Harbhajan lauded the efforts of ITBP officials and called them real heroes.

The force has spread its men to rain-hit areas in Kedarnath, Gaurikund, Govindghat, Pandukeswar, Karnaprayag, Badrinath and Uttarkashi.

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Story first published:  Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 11:41 [IST]
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