Police officials investigating the matter said that the bodies were identified on the basis of airline tickets found in their pockets.
DEHRADUN: Two tourists, a 50-year-old man, identified as Sanjeev Gupta, and a 35-year-old woman, Sinsha Gupta, were found dead in the snow-covered Gorson Bugyal meadow near Auli in Chamoli district of Garhwal on Saturday. Both are believed to have frozen to death – their bodies were found in an open area on a bed of snow in the meadow and are believed to have been lying there for the past few days. It wasn’t clear if the two had lost their way and ended up in the meadow where temperatures are sub-zero currently.
Police officials investigating the matter said that the bodies were identified on the basis of airline tickets found in their pockets. “Prima facie, it appears that they were from Mumbai as they took a flight from there. It is yet to be established how long the bodies were lying there and the relationship between them,” said Chamoli SP, Shweta Choubey.
After being alerted by a tourist, a team of the State Disaster Response Force and Chamoli police reached the spot and recovered the bodies, which have been sent for post-mortem, the SP added.
Based on the information police officials have been able to piece together till now, both the tourists boarded a Mumbai-Dehradun flight on December 8 and stayed at Haridwar till December 12 before leaving for Joshimath.
“After reaching Joshimath on December 12, they checked into a guest house of the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam. They travelled to Auli by ropeway the next day and were supposed to return on December 15,” Choubey said.
Meanwhile, efforts to trace the families of the victims were not being met with much success. Vinod Rawat, a police official at Chamoli, told TOI, “Despite our best efforts, we were unable to contact their families. Through the call detail record (CDR) on his mobile, we found that Sanjeev Gupta was a cameraman in a private news channel. We still don’t have much information about the woman so far.” Choubey said that “an Aadhaar card was found from the clothes of the victims which mentioned an address at Worli in Mumbai.” “We contacted Worli police station to collect more information but it turned out that the address mentioned on the Aadhaar card was of an old house,” Choubey said.