3 soldiers killed in avalanche in Kupwara during a patrolling

Srinagar : Three soldiers were killed in an avalanche during a patrolling close to the Line of Control in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, Police and defence officials said

Police said the incident took place in Machil sector of the district at around noon and three jawans of Army’s 55 Rashtriya Rifles died in the line of duty.

Srinagar based defence spokesman Col Emron Musavi while giving details said a snow slide struck a patrol party in Machil following which a search and a rescue operation was launched.

“Two soldiers stuck in the snow were rescued and evacuated to Military Hospital Kupwara. Another soldier who was part of the patrol developed hypothermia and was also evacuated to Military Hospital. All three bravehearts couldn’t survive and made supreme sacrifice in the line of duty,” Col Musavi said.

Police identified the three as Lance Naik Mukesh Kumar, Naik Gaikwad Lakshma Rao and Gunner Souvik Hazra.