Priyanka Jain has been missing since October 16 Credit: File image

Tinsukia: A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Saturday was pressed into the search and rescue operation to trace the 26-year-old tourist from Assam who slipped into Parvati river at Kasol near Manali in Himachal Pradesh.

Two women – Priyanka Jain from Guwahati and Komal from Darjeeling – slipped off the boulder at the edge of the Parvati river on October 16. Komal managed to swim to safety while Priyanka remains untraced.

Speaking with EastMojo, superintendent of Kullu police Gaurav Singh said, search is being carried out but there is no trace of Priyanka till yet. “On Saturday, a team of NDRF was pressed into ongoing search and rescue operations. They have started their search from the point of fall to the downstream.”

“Besides NDRF, two rescue teams, police teams and local people are involved in the search which has entered its fifth day,” Singh added.

A youth from Guwahati, Aman Surana, took it to Twitter to seeking help to forward this message and find Priyanka.

On Saturday at 9.48 am, Aman tweeted: “My friends sister Priyanka jain is missing in kasol , Himachal Pradesh. She slipped in parvati valley and was last seen on 16th October. I’m from Assam. Your single share can help her come back. Please share with your fans @emNikhil @ashchanchlani @CarryMinati @BeYouNick182.”

According to sources, lakhs of tourists go to Kasol, Kullu-Manali to enjoy the beauty of the river and the valley amid charm of snow every year. “Tourists generally get very close to the river to take photographs underestimating the force of the fast-flowing rivers which are very deep at some places. Slippery boulders make things worse in such cases,” the source added.

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