- Ramdeo Pujhar was among the Paharia tribals who rescued eight tourists
- Pujhar is a member of the Particularly Vulnerable Paharia Tribal Group (PVTG)
- He, along with two other locals, opened the carts and rescued the eight people
Ramdeo Pujhar, 22, was among the Paharia tribesmen who rescued eight tourists from two ropeways following an accident on a ropeway in the Trikut Hills of Deoghar district of Jharkhand.
Pujhar, a member of the Particularly Vulnerable Paharia Tribal Group (PVTG), heard a loud thump around 4pm on Sunday and screams from passengers crying for help.
He, along with two other residents, opened the carts and rescued the eight people who were seriously injured.
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“I heard a thud. The cable car was shaking violently and passengers were screaming. I rushed in the direction of the noise. I found panicked people, including two girls, screaming inside the carriages,” he told PTI.
One of the carts had hit a rock on the ground, while the other was hanging six feet above the surface.
Rescuers used a chair to reach stranded passengers, then opened the cable cars to rescue those stranded.
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Pujhar said that upon hearing the screams, other Paharias from the village of Sisanuthar in the foothills of the Trikut Hills rushed to the scene.
Relevant officials and the police have been notified and the injured have been taken to hospital.
“Residents of all surrounding villages are praying for the speedy recovery of the injured,” he said.
Three people have died so far, two of them after falling from helicopters during the rescue operation, and all trapped tourists have been evacuated.
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