Three persons died after a snowstorm hit Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district Monday night, police said on Tuesday, adding those dead were caught in the snowstorm and died due to cold.
According to a police official, a group of people were moving on foot from Kupwara to Karnah when they were caught in a snowstorm near Khoni Nallah in Sadhna Top mountain pass area in north Kashmir on Monday night.
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Three people went missing while others managed to reach Sadhna Top, where they informed the police and the army about the incident.
When the security forces reached the spot, they found three persons had died due to cold, the official said.
The deceased have been identified as Tahir Khoja, Khaliq Shiekh and Fareed Ahmad - all residents of Karnah, the official added.
Fresh snowfall was reported in many areas in the higher reaches of the state on Monday. The road from Kupwara to Karnah is closed for traffic movement due to snow.