Dead End for All 10 Jawans Hit by Siachen Avalanche

The Army refused to disclose the identity of the soldiers, saying they will share the information only after individually informing the families.

Published: 05th February 2016 04:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th February 2016 07:30 AM   |  A+A-

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This Feb. 1, 2005 file photo shows an aerial view of the Siachen Glacier, which traverses the Himalayan region dividing India and Pakistan, about 750 kilometers (469 miles) northwest of Jammu, India. An avalanche hit the Siachen Glacier in the Indian-con

SRINAGAR:  It’s official. Wednesday’s Siachen avalanche that trapped 10 soldiers from the 19 Madras Regiment was a killer. The official confirmation came through a tweet from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which read: “Demise of soldiers in Siachen is very tragic. I salute the brave soldiers who gave their lives to the nation. Condolences to their families.”

The Army, however, refused to disclose the identity of the soldiers, saying they would share the information only after individually informing the families first.

A junior commissioned officer (JCO) and nine soldiers manning a post in the world’s highest battlefield -- at an altitude of 19,600 ft in the Northern Glacier sector in Ladakh -- were buried under snow after a massive avalanche flattened their post.

The Army’s Northern Command chief Lt Gen D S Hooda saluted the soldiers for the making ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

It is a tragic event and we salute the soldiers, who braved all challenges to guard our frontiers and made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” he said.

Before the PM confirmed the deaths, India had turned down the Pakistan army’s offer to assist in rescue operation.

Officials claim that the director-general of military operations Lt Gen Ranbir Singh declined his Pakistani counterpart’s offer, saying adequate resources were already in place.

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