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Cricketer-turned-'counsellor' Harbhajan rescued

India cricketer Harbhajan Singh, who was stranded in Joshimath due to incessant rains while on a pilgrimage, was today rescued and taken to safety by the aviation wing of the Indian Army. 

"Rescued by 205 army aviation squadron based at mamoon pathankot.thank u.sweet memories with the air crew.god bless," a relieved Harbhajan wrote on his twitter page.

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Harbhajan with the 205 Army Aviation squardon based at Pathankot. Pic courtesy Harbhajan Singh's twitter  

The cricketer who was staying at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) camp at Joshimath since the last four days after he too could not reach Hemkund Sahib gurudwara due to the inclement weather.

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Harbhajan at Joshimath. Pic courtesy Harbhajan Singh's twitter  

The off-spinner accompanied ITBP officials to the forces' barracks and campuses on Tuesday where stranded pilgrims are being provided food and medicines and talked to them.

Harbhajan took the role of a counsellor alongside ITBP personnel as he met a number of pilgrims hit by incessant rains and floods.

"He counselled them (pilgrims and tourists) that all would be well soon and that force personnel and others are trying to bring as much succour as they can. He gave them food and water and spent with them," a senior ITBP official said.

Flash floods, cloudbursts and landslides have claimed over a hundred lives in Uttarakhand and left thousands of pilgrims stranded. 

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