New Delhi, April 30: With Indian Army claiming its jawans saw “mysterious footprints” of mythical ‘Yeti’ close to Makalu Base Camp earlier this month, social media on Tuesday was set ablaze with posts and memes, but it took political turn after some politicians jumped into the row.
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav took to Twitter to mock the Narendra Modi government.
“It seems that ‘acche din’ are more elusive than the #Yeti,” he said in a reference to Modi government’s promise of “good days”.
Replying to Yadav, Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Jayant Chaudhary said, “Now all what is left is for PM & CM Yogi to tell us about yeti’s #caste!”
During a press conference, Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Sambit Patra also cited “mystery around Yeti” to take a potshot at Congress President Rahul Gandhi over controversy over his citizenship following Home Ministry’s notice to clarify his nationality.
BJP leader Tarun Vijay expressed his unhappiness over the use of world “beast” for ‘Yeti’.
“Congratulations, we are always proud of you. salutes to the #IndianArmy Mountaineering Expedition Team. But please, you are Indian, don’t call Yeti a beast,” he tweeted.
However, Twitterati were less impressed with it and chose to have a good laugh instead.
Meanwhile, the Indian Army will send pictures and videos of large “mysterious footprints” captured by its personnel in the higher Himalayas to domain experts, sources said on Tuesday, a day after its claim suggesting the presence of the mythical Yeti close to the Makalu Base Camp in Nepal earlier this month.
On Monday, the Army claimed its mountaineering expedition team in Nepal found mysterious large footprints in the snow that they believe belong to the Yeti, or the abominable snowman.
In Nepali folklore, Yeti is a mythical ape-like creature taller than an average human that is said to inhabit the Himalayas, Siberia, Central and East Asia.
“For the first time, an #IndianArmy Mountaineering Expedition Team has sited (sic) Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast ‘Yeti’ measuring 32×15 inches close to Makalu Base Camp on 09 April 2019. This elusive snowman has only been sighted at Makalu-Barun National Park in the past,” the Army tweeted on Monday night.
The Army also released photos showing large footprints in the snow which they claim belong to the creature.
An Army team of 18 personnel led by Major Manoj Joshi embarked on an expedition to Mount Makalu in Nepal on April 2. On April 9, the team spotted “mysterious footprints” measuring 32 X 15 inches to close to the Makalu base camp, the sources said.
They said the pictures were sent by the team using satellite communication.
“We will share the photos and videos with domain experts to understand more about this,” the sources said.
They did not elaborate on which domain experts they will approach.
The team is expected to be back in India next month.