Five soldiers rescued from avalanche succumb to injuries

Photo related to avalanche in Kashmir valley.

Srinagar: At least five Indian army soldiers who rescued from an avalanche near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district last week, succumbed to their injuries while being evacuated today.

According to Indian army defence officials, the five soldiers got trapped under snow after a track caved-in in Machil sector of Kupwara on January 28, their bodies are expected to be brought to New Delhi on Tuesday.

They were subsequently rescued after a gruelling daylong mission, and were being brought to Srinagar on Monday, despite persistent poor weather conditions, for specialist medical care.

Out of the five, Naik Ramchandra Shamrao Mane, 33, Sepoy Ganesh Kisan Dhavale, 30, Sepoy Balaji Bhagwanrao Ambore, 26, hailed from Maharastra whereas Gunner Kannan M Thamothara, 27, was from Tamil Nadu’s Madurai, and Signalman Deva Haza Bhai Parmar, 27, from Gujarat’s Bhavnagar.

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The bodies will be flown on Indian Air Force aircraft to the airports nearest to their native place. From the airport concerned, further transportation by helicopters are being planned wherever feasible, an official said.

The mortal remains of 14 soldiers who were killed in an avalanche in Gurez but could not be evacuated earlier because of the weather, were also brought to Srinagar on Monday in Indian Air Force helicopters.

These 14 soldiers were killed after two avalanches hit a military post and a patrol team along the Line of Control (LoC) in last few days.

Separate avalanches buried a military post and swept away a patrol on Wednesday night in Gurez, burying a total of 21 soldiers, out of which seven soldiers were rescued.

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