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Udhampur, February 19:
Indian Air Force today airlifted 233 passengers from Udhampur to Leh, who stuck here due to closure of highway.
Due to recent snow and bad weather in the Leh-Kargil sector lot of civilians were stranded in Jammu region. IAF operated its special aircraft IL-76 popularly called as Gajraj on today to airlift civilians on requisition by J&K Government.
Air Force Station Udhampur was the staging base for this rescue activity. Special arrangements were made by Air Force Station Udhampur for Security and Marshalling of civilians which included Ladies and Children also, into the technical area. Facilities for easing- off was organised with co-ordination from local administration. The local administration has been in touch with ATC Air Force Station Udhampur and their Officers were liaisoning for arrival details of the IL-76 so that no inconvenience is caused to the passengers and re-scheduling/re-programming of the entire exercise is expeditiously passed on to the passenger to avoid their inconvenience.