Arup Biswas, state youth affairs and sports minister went to the airport and paid tribute to the brave heart.
The special team from the state government headed by principal secretary Sayeed Ahmed Baba returned to the city from Nepal in the same flight in which Pal’s body was brought in a coffin.
Mr Baba at the airport said that the route on Mount Everest has been closed. Despite of carrying out an extensive search to recover two bodies of Bengal mountaineers, the rescue team failed to do so because of the inclement weather.
There was a strong wind blowing over the mountain that had made the rescue operation extremely difficult. It had become impossible to reach up to the Balcony on Mount Everest due to extremely bad weather. As many mountaineers have climbed the peak this season the handle that were used by the mountaineers have become loose.
Even the rope which was used by the climbers had been covered under snow. Hundreds of people including Pal’s students taking lesson on climbing congregated at Calcutta airport to show their respect. Some of his students broke down in tears after the Pal’s body was brought out of the airport. Many said that Pal had provided courage to the people at his native place in Bankura about conquering the world’s highest peak.
The people in Bankura did not have slightest idea about expedition. It was Pal who had created interest among the people about climbing. Pal fought all odds including the financial constraints and became a successful climber.
He died while descending after successfully scaling the peak. The rescue team comprising of experienced sherpas recovered the dead body from the Yellow band on Mount Everest. From the
Calcutta airport Pal’s body was taken to his native place in Bankura.
Biswas said that an arrangement has been made in Bankura where he will be given a guard of honour. Pal’s family members have appealed to the government if a member of Pal family can be given an employment.