SRINAGAR: The seven soldiers, who were swept away by an avalanche in Arunachal Pardesh, were found dead. Three of them belong to Jammu and Kashmir.
Reports appearing in media said the avalanche hit a high-altitude belt in Arunachal’s West Kameng district. It literally buried alive seven soldiers who were on a patrol in the Chume Gyater area near Yangtse on the Sino-Indian border.
Defence sources told reporters that the bodies were located and retrieved Wednesday. The avalanche was reported on February 6.
The seven dead include three soldiers from Kathua. They were from 19 JAK Rifles. They were identified as Havaldar, Yugal Kishore, son of Ram Pal, resident of Dager village in Kharha Wali block of Khour and Sepoy, Vishal Sharma alias Guddu, son of Babu Ram (Ex-serviceman), resident of village Chak Malal in Khour Sub Division of Jammu district and Sepoy Arun Kattal, son of Prahlad Kattal, resident of village Jandore in Lakhanpur area of district Kathua.
Jammu newspaper, Daily Excelsior said the families confirmed the details. Arun Kattal, a soldier since 2015, it said was married three months ago and had barely resumed his duty in North East after availing one month’s leave. The bodies are expected to reach the families today.