SS Deswal, DG ITBP felicitated the 11 member mountaineers team of the force who had successfully searched and retrieved the dead bodies of the seven mountaineers from an altitude of 20000 ft. Senior officers of the force were present on the occasion.The 11 members’ ITBP mountaineering search team was led by Ratan Singh Sonal, Second In Command. The other members were Anoop Negi, Dy Commandant, Insp/GD Hemant Goswami, HC/GD Devendra Singh, HC/GD Kalam Singh, CT/GD Kapil Dev, CT/GD Pradeep Panwar, CT/GD Bharat Lal, CT/GD Jaiprakash Singh, CT/GD Sanjay Singh, CT/GD Surendra Singh and administrative support staff- CT/Medics Dheerendra Pratap, CT/Cook Devendra Singh, CT/Cook Manjeet Singh and HC/Tele Bhagyashali Meena. The operation was conducted under the direct supervision of APS Nimbadia, DIG SHQ ITBP Bareilly. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDeswal congratulated the team and said that the force is proud of them. Speaking to the media on the occasion, Deswal said that the operation was conducted in most difficult, inhospitable and trying conditions. He said that the force is in a process to raise five high altitude rescue teams comprising of mountaineers of the force in five states – Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh. He said that the force is the first responder in such situations in the Himalayas.