Itanagar, Aug 20: The search for 24-year-old Dorjee Norbu, who drowned after falling into the Jang waterfalls on 17 August, was abandoned on Tuesday by the authorities as his body remains traceless despite rigorous efforts by a joint search team and locals.
Tawang DDMO Lobsang, who had been coordinating with the search operation since Saturday, informed this daily that the decision to abandon the search was made after a meeting between the district authorities and the parents and relatives of the deceased.
A joint team of the SSB’s RR team from Dirang, NDRF teams from Itanagar and Tezpur (Assam), mountaineers Taka Tamut, Talik Darung and Ngargo Yirang, and the locals here were engaged in the search operation for four days following the incident.
“Since early morning today (Tuesday), the joint search team along with the locals searched both the right and left banks of the Tawangchu river, and stopped the search at around six in the evening, but without success. It has been four days now and there is still no clue of the body. It may be due to the strong turbulence of the river’s water that the body still remains untraceable,” the DDMO said.
He said the authorities have asked the people living in the villages downstream, near the border with Bhutan, to inform the authorities about any clue they may find regarding the missing body.
Meanwhile, the DDMO has urged the people of the district to contact the following phone numbers if they find any clue of the body: Jang ADC – 9402474092; Jang SDMO – 9402877729/8258010025; and Jang police station OC – 8794251490.