HP Jawan Among 4 Personnel Buried Alive Under Siachen Avalanche

A 22-year-old soldier from Solan in Himachal Pradesh was among the four Army personnel killed after being hit by an avalanche in the northern part of the Siachen Glacier, an official spokesperson said on Tuesday, 19 November.

A resident of Dochi village in Solan district, Manish got buried under the snow while patrolling in Siachen on Monday.

Manish was posted in the Dogra Regiment of the Indian Army.

A day ago, six persons including four soldiers and two porters were killed after an avalanche hit Army positions in the Siachen Glacier on Monday, 18 November, news agency ANI reported.

The personnel hit by the avalanche were part of a patrolling party consisting eight persons and were in the northern glacier at an altitude of 18,000 feet when the incident happened at 3:30 pm on Monday, according to ANI.

Following the incident, seven individuals who were critically injured, accompanied by medical teams were evacuated by helicopters to nearest military hospital. However, six of them succumbed to extreme hypothermia.

Army Apprises Defence Minister

Meanwhile, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Tuesday apprised Defence Minister Rajnath Singh about the ground situation on Siachen Glacier.

The defence minister also expressed anguish over the death of the Army personnel and civilians.

"Deeply pained by the demise of soldiers and porters due to avalanche in Siachen. I salute their courage and service to the nation. My heartfelt condolences to their families," he tweeted.

(With inputs from PTI)

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