Srinagar, Jan 31 (PTI) A mentally challenged man todaydied due to cold in Jammu and Kashmir''s Ganderbal district,taking the death toll to 12 due to chill in Kashmir valleythis winter, officials said.
50-year-old Bashir Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Handwaratown, was found unconscious at Kangan, 45 km from here. Localsrushed him to a nearby hospital where he was declared broughtdead, they said.
Meanwhile, the state government has sought air forceassistance to airlift passengers stranded in snow-bound Gurezsector of Bandipora district, an official spokesman said.
IAF will press Mi-17 helicopter into service betweenBandipora and Neeru and Bandipora-Baduab on February 2 toairlift the passengers, he said.
Gurez was cut off from rest of the valley as heavysnowfall forced closure of Bandipora-Gurez road.