It was a narrow escape for Indra Gandhi National Open University’s vice chancellor, Mohd Aslam who was trapped in the J&K floods for six days
Recalling the situation, he said that “I went to Srinagar with my wife and daughter to attend a niece’s wedding ceremony. After attending the function, we returned to the government guest house. At around 2 in the morning, the guard started screeming to move up at the higher floor. We climbed. There was water all over and it was coming towards us at a very fast speed. I made calls frantically as mobile phones were still working and my friend’s son helped us in getting out of the situation, who is also a Police officer”. However, the guest house drowned.
He along with his family reached Delhi safely but had to struggle a lot to reach the Srinagar Airport. “The day, my daughter briefly managed to get connectivity through Aircel and called the University for help. The VC of Kashmir University was also trapped for four days. I then asked him for a car and then reached to Srinagar Airport. At one place we stopped for petrol and there were 400 vehicles waiting to refill”, said Aslam after reaching Delhi.
Calling it a ‘calamity’, he says, “the place was marooned and the area was plunged into chaos. Rescue operations are going on and the Army is doing its duties commendably but there is lot more to do than this”.