ALIPURPDUAR: One of the six soldiers killed in three avalanches in Jammu and Kashmir was from Alipurduar district of West Bengal and he was the sole breadwinner of the family that lives in a closed tea garden, an official of the Border Security Force said on Tuesday.
Constable Ganga Bara, 29, died after an avalanche hit a BSF post along the LoC in Kashmir's Naugam sector at around 8:30 pm on Monday.
The official posted at the Raninagar BSF camp in Alipurduar district said Bara's family live in the closed Mujnai tea garden at Madarihat.
Soldiers from the Raninagar camp went to Bara's house and informed the family of his death after the bad news came from Kashmir.
The official said Bara was the sole earning member of the family consisting of his parents, wife and brother.
A constable of the 77th battalion of the force, Bara had joined the BSF in 2011.
A pall of gloom descended on the tea garden.
Besides Bara, three soldiers and six civilians were killed in the three avalanches in Jammu and Kashmir since Monday night.