2 Trekkers Die in Himachal After Falling, Pet Dog Guards Bodies For 48 Hrs in Chilling Cold


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Last Updated: February 08, 2024, 18:02 IST

For almost two days, the dog, named Alpha, guarded the bodies, which bore marks of attack by wild animals, according to police. (AP File Photo)

For almost two days, the dog, named Alpha, guarded the bodies, which bore marks of attack by wild animals, according to police. (AP File Photo)

The two tourists, including a woman, went missing on Sunday. The rescue teams searching for the duo on Tuesday heard the barking sound of the German Shepherd

The Himachal Pradesh police on Wednesday found the bodies of two people, who allegedly died after they slipped and fell into snow in the Billing Valley. Their pet dog stood guard over them for almost two days, officials said.

The two tourists, including a woman, went missing on Sunday. The rescue teams searching for the duo on Tuesday heard the barking sound of the German Shepherd, reported news agency, PTI as saying police.

Following the sound, police reached the bodies that were lying on the side of a walking trail, three kilometers below the take-off point for paragliders, they added.

For almost two days, the dog, named Alpha, guarded the bodies, which bore marks of attack by wild animals, according to police.

When the rescue teams removed the bodies, the dog accompanied them to Bir on foot from where the deceased man’s family members took him, the police said, adding that the deceased, identified as Abhinandan Gupta (30), a resident of Pathankot, and his friend Pranita Wala (26), hailing from Pune had arrived in Bir Billing, the famous paragliding destination in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district, on Sunday afternoon.

The duo came in a private car along with Gupta’s dog. After parking the car, they left on foot to the take-off point for paragliders.

When both of them did not return to Chogan near Bir, their friends on Monday informed the police, following which a rescue team launched a search operation and recovered the bodies on Tuesday.

Preliminary investigation suggests that the man and the woman slipped in the snow, sustained injuries, and died due to extreme cold, Kangra ASP Veer Bahadur said.

The post-mortem report will reveal the circumstances under which both the people died, he said.

Gupta had been living in a rented house near Chaugan in Bir for the last five years, while the girl had come to Bir a few days ago, police said.

(with PTI inputs)

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)

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