The body of an Indian Army trooper, who went missing 18 years ago, has been sent to his home in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Reports said that the trooper went missing from Siachen Glacier in Jammu and Kashmir.
Quoting Police sources, reports said identified the trooper as Havaldar Gaya Prasad of the 15 Rajput Regiment and had gone missing from Siachen Glacier in 1996.
“The body of Havaldar Gaya Prasad was found a few days back buried under the snow in the general area of the Glacier. The body has been retrieved after 18 years,” a senior police officer said.
“We have today (Wednesday) sent the body to Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh,” the officer said.
In the minus temperatures of Kashmir’s Siachen Glacier, the body of the trooper had remained un-decomposed and fairly well preserved, they added.
The Siachen Glacier is the world’s highest battlefield, where temperatures drop to minus 45 degrees Celsius and even more during the winter.
Even in summer, the night temperatures drop below the freezing point in the area.