Two JKP-men to scale Mount Everest

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Jammu, Jan 24 (UNI) Two Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) personnel will scale the world's highest peak mount everest for the first time as part of an expedition in march.

Mountaineers of state police, Ram Singh, 35, and Sajjad Haider, 36, will be the part of Indian Mount Everest North Col. Expedition, 2008, IGP (Armed) S Owais Ahmed told UNI.

The police department was eagerly waiting for the day when both will unfurl its flag on the Mount Everest.

''We hope the boys will do well and reach their target. Promotion and a cash award will be waiting for both after their successful return,'' Mr Owais said, asserting that the state police are ready to fulfill basic requirements of the duo to achieve their goal.

The Mountaineers, who had joined the state police service in late 90s with zero basics of adventure sport, have scaled many Himalayan peaks.

Trained in the Jawahar Mountaineering Institute of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Pahalgam, Srinagar, both the policemen are among the 15-member squad, who would be taking part in the expedition.

Ram Singh, a resident of Gurha Slathian here, credits NCC camps for being the source of inspiration for him. ''Love for adventure sports began during my school days after i joined NCC,'' he said.

Also inspired by Rajiv Sharma, a J and K resident who had scaled the peak in 1993, Ram Singh awaits his conquest on the Mt Everest.

Similarly, Sajjad Haider had also dreamt for reaching on top of the world.

''Mount Everest is itself a big name and a dream for every mountaineer. but the day, when i learnt basics of climbing, scaling this peak became my target,'' he said.

Both the mountaineers, however, expressed their gratitude to JKP for supporting them to pursue their interest.

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