A team of Uttarakhand Police will make an attempt to scale the might Mount Everest next month. The 15-member expedition team, led by Inspector General Sanjay Gunjayal, began their journey for Nepal on Thursday. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat flagged off the team in Dehradun.

Though army and para military force team have successfully conducted expedition to Everest, but Uttarakhand Police is possibly the first Indian police team to make an attempt to scale the world’s highest peak.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat said, “I am optimistic that the Uttarakhand Police team will be successful in scaling the Everest. The Himalayas has constantly created curiosity among writers, environmentalist, geologist and mountaineers. The expedition team should maintain patience and courage to move with one goal. The experience, which you will obtain during the expedition, will help you future mountaineering expeditions.”

All the team members are from Uttarakhand Police’s State Disaster Response Force (SDRF). This special team was created to be deployed during the natural calamity time.

The SDRF came into existence after the 2013 Kedarnath disaster- when the cops failed miserable to handle the crises situation. After proving its utility in various operations, the SDRF team is now aiming to conquer the Mount Everest.

Uttarakhand Police’s DGP Anil Raturi said, “Uttarakhand is the first state in India, whose police team is going for an expedition to Mount Everest. This expedition will motivate the Uttarakhand Police.”

The team consists of Inspector General Sanjay Gunjayal, ASP Navneet Bhular, Ravi Chauhan, Sanjay Upreti, Satish Sharma, Manoj Rawat, Roshan Kothari, Suryakant Uniyal, Birendra Prasad Kala, Manoj Joshi, Vijendra Kudiyal, Yogesh Rawat, Praveen Singh, Sushil Kumar and Digamber Singh.