Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy Goes Missing

Unfortunately the 60 year old, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy still remained untraced after his Bell 430 twin-engine helicopter went missing in the dense forests of Nallamalalla hill near to the Kurnool district area on Wednesday. Its been more than 24 hours now, but still there is no clue on where the chief minister might be.

It is the India's biggest rescue operation ever, searching for VIP, a man who is one of the strongest contender of the India's Congress party, one who led his party to the resonant victory in the last Lok Sabha elections. Rumours floated that this could be another terrorists attack.

He went missing on 2nd September 2009 at around 9:35 am in the morning on his way to Chittoor. He was accompanied by his secretary S Subramanyam, chief security officer ASC Wesley, and two pilots.
Army officials have located his helicopter on a hill, 40 kilometers from Kurnool.

According to the reports villagers of Atmakur and Bandi Atmakur in Kurnool district had seen a helicopter passing through the sky at round 9:15 am.

At the press conference, Finance Minister K Rosaiah said that it is becoming really difficult to search for him in the such weather. He said that he is in constant touch with the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) as well as the defence ministry.

He also said that it is becoming difficult to search as weather is adding the problem, but we are still hopeful that YSR Reddy will be fine.

PRP chief Chiranjeevi and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu are also in touch with us. Even President Prathiba Patil also called us from Russia, he said.

Chief Secreatry of Andhra Pradesh Ramakant Reddy said, "The army, police forces from 6 districts, ISRO and anti-Naxal forces are all involved in search and rescue operations now."

"We are also trying for help from united states defence department," he said.

Speaking to reporters, Home Minister P Chidambaram said, "There is no good news yet. We are keeping our fingers crossed. Our prayers are with Rajasekhara Reddy and his family."

The helicopter has been stopped for the time being because of weather and light conditions. Tomorrow in the first light of the day, helicopters will continue the search, he said.

Aparana Chauhan


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