Rescue of trapped youth in Palakkad: CM thanks army, Oppn leader flags state’s preparedness

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Thiruvananthapuram: Following the rescue of a 23-year-old youth entrapped in the Palakkad mountains of Kerala, political leaders from the state took to social media to congratulate the Army and its rescue team for bringing him to safety. "Worries have been put to rest as the young man trapped in the Cherad hill in Malampuzha has been rescued. The treatment & care needed to regain his health will be provided now. Thanks to the soldiers who led the rescue operation and everyone who provided timely support," Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted.

Notably, Vijayan, on Tuesday, had sought the help of the Army after efforts by the local authorities, NDRF and the Coast Guard to rescue the youth were unsuccessful due to the mountain terrain and weather conditions.

The Chief Minister's Office (CMO) also issued a statement saying that the treatment and care needed by the youth to regain his health will be provided as soon as possible. "We would like to thank all those who assisted in the rescue operation, including the soldiers of the Madras Regiment of the Indian Army, the soldiers of the Para Regiment Center and the South Indian Area GOC Lieutenant General Arun, who coordinated the rescue operation," the CMO statement said.

Leader of Opposition, V D Satheesan, also congratulated the Army's rescue team. It was a "historic" mission, he said. The opposition leader also said that the incident highlighted the shortcomings in the state's disaster response mechanism and called for rapid modernisation of the same.

(With PTI inputs)

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