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Two Assam labourers rescued from Uttarakhand tunnel reach home

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GUWAHATI, Dec 1: Two labourers from Assam, who were among the 41 workers rescued from Silkyara
tunnel in Uttarakhand, landed here on Friday evening.
They were escorted by Assam government officials and both were in good health condition.
The duo, 40-year-old Ram Prasad Narzary and 35-year-old Sanjay Basumatary, are from Ramfalbil village
in Kokrajhar. They had gone to Uttarakhand in May to work in the under-construction tunnel. The
workers were rescued from the tunnel Tuesday night after a long-drawn operation.
Talking to reporters outside Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport here, the duo expressed
happiness on reaching back safely as they proceeded to their homes in Kokrajhar, about 180 km from
here.
Narrating their 17-day ordeal, the workers said initially they were not aware that the exit route was
blocked.
“We realised we were trapped only when we tried to leave. For the first 24 hours, there was no food or
supplies. Later, when a pipe was inserted, we were provided with oxygen, water bottles and food. After
that, we didn’t face any shortages.”
“We chatted among ourselves to pass time. We knew we will be rescued,” the duo said.
A state government official who was deputed to coordinate their return said the two workers
underwent complete medical check-up at AIIMS Rishikesh.
One member from each of their families were sent to the tunnel site by the authorities as rescue
operations were underway. (PTI)

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