Ace mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu dead

HYDERABAD: Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu has condoled the demise of Malli Mastan Babu, ace mountaineer hailing from Nellore of Andhra Pradesh. Venkaiah spoke to the members of Mastan Babua��s family and conveyed his heartfelt condolences. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed Venkaiah Naidu this morning that the body of Mastan Babu was found at 6000 ft. height in the Ceros Mountains.

Malli Mastan Babu is regarded as the fastest “7 summiteer” in the world, i.e., fastest to climb summits in all the seven continents. He also made it to the Guinness book of World Records for his mountaineering expeditions. An alumnus of IIM, Kolkata and IIT-Kharagpur, Mastan Babu went to climb the Ceros Mountains this time. He apparently began his ascent from the Argentina side. He was supposed to return on April 24, but did not and was missing since then.

On hearing the news of missing, Naidu spoke to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and requested her to help find the whereabouts of Malli Mastan Babu and rescue him. He also wrote a letter to her and regularly followed up the matter with her. The External Affairs Minister took up the matter with the governments of Chile and Argentina and both the governments sent rescue teams in search of Malli Mastan Babu. Naidu also requested Swaraj to direct the Indian Embassy officials at Argentian and Chile to conduct search operations by helicopter at the expense of Indian Embassies. He also kept the family members of Mastan Babu informed from time to time about the developments.

On hearing that Malli Mastan Babu is no more,A� Naidu discussed with the External Affairs Minister about bringing back the body to India. External Affairs Minister informed him that the Government of India would bring back the body to the nearest airport to his village i.e. Chennai. Venkaiah also spoke to the Collector and other senior officials of Nellore to make arrangements to take the body to his village in Nellore district once the body reaches Chennai.A� He also spoke to Dr Dorasanamma, sister of Mastan Babu and informed her about the arrangements. (NSS)

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