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Shining example of inter-agency coordination IRBn constable rescued from forest after 48 hours

Port Blair ,

   A Constable Compounder M. Sajit Kumar of IRBn who had gone missing since the morning of June 13, 2016 in the forest of Tillangchong Island, has been traced out after a joint search and rescue operation conducted by AN Police, JOC(A&N) and RHQ(Coast Guard). 
     In the morning of 13th June 2016, a Police party of 8 personnel including Constable Compounder M.Sajit Kumar, had gone to clean a nearby spring. This party, after clearing the water source, went inside the forest in search of another spring. However, while about to return, they realized that M. Sajit was not present with the group. After making unsuccessful initial ground based search, a signal for help was sent. 
   On receipt of signal from LOP Tillangchong, a request was placed immediately before PHQ, JOC Port Blair, RHQ(CG) etc. for helping to conduct a Search And Rescue operation. Subsequently, an SAR operation was planned by the SP (Nicobar), Shri Deepak Yadav under the guidance of IGP (L&O), Shri NS Bundela and in consultation with Station Commanders of IAF Station, Car Nicobar & ICG station, Kamorta. Accordingly, next morning SHO Nancowry SI Abdul Nazir left for Tillangchong along with a staff of 15 police and IRBn personnel in an ICG ship which had reached Kamorta after an overnight journey from C/Bay. In order to supervise this operation, SP(Nicobar), along with a team of 4 police personnel, left for Tillangchong in the IAF helicopter in the morning of 15th June. Around 12 PM, the missing constable was recovered by the ground based search team led by SI Devanand Pathak. Ct. M Sajit Kumar was a little dehydrated and physically weak but otherwise healthy. With this, the operation was declared a success and was concluded. 
   This operation stands out as an excellent example of inter-agency co-ordination and co- operation. Many a times, in the past, too, many such success stories have been written by AN Police, lAF, lndian Coast Guard, Indian Navy etc.  Nicobar District Police has expressed its sincerest appreciation and gratitude towards JOC(A&N), RHQ(CG) and the station commanders namely Group Captain VT Mare and Commandant Sandeep Safaya for providing timely help at such a short notice. Officers onboard the IAF helicopter, namely Squadron Leader Mandeep Bhar, FI. Lt. Vishal Khatri, JWO Pratap Singh and Seargent Kausal Kishor Kashyap, went beyond their call of duty and carried out a sortie even in a very bad weather. I/c LOP SI Devanad Pathak, a young Sub Inspector, was the main force behind the ground based search team. He successfully deployed his organizational and leadership skills in this search operation. A&N Police is proud to have such committed police officers.