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Missing Bengal mountaineer's kin unhappy with rescue efforts

Posted on May 23 2014 | IANS

Kolkata, May 23 : Missing mountaineer Chhanda Gayen's family Friday requested West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to send another rescue team to expedite the search for the mountaineer, citing inefficiency of the first team that was dispatched.

Gayen, the second woman from West Bengal to scale Mount Everest, has been missing since Tuesday after she was caught in an avalanche on the Kanchenjunga peak.

"We have spoken to Didi (Banerjee) and have requested her to move a different team to expedite the rescue. She assured us that the state government is trying everything," Gayen's mother told reporters here.

Banerjee called up the family Friday.

Gayen's mother said the family does not have faith in the three-member rescue team that was sent earlier.

"They are not so brave...the rescue process is delayed. We do not have faith in the team. We want a different team. They keep on saying that the weather is bad but we can see it is not," she said.

State's Youth Welfare Minister Arup Biswas Wednesday said the team left for Nepal to assist the rescue operation.

Gayen's family also appealed to the state government to provide adequate funds to the sherpas involved in the search operation.

Gayen and two of her sherpas were caught in an avalanche while scaling the western side of Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world.

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