Army pays tribute to soldiers killed in snow avalanche in Kupwara

Srinagar : Army on Sunday paid rich tributes to the three soldiers who died in snow avalanche near the Line of Control in Machhil sector of Kupwara district, officials said.

Three soldiers were killed in an avalanche during a patrolling close to the Line of Control in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on November 18.

Two soldiers, Naik Gaikwad Manoj Laxman Rao and Lance Naik Mukesh Kumar stuck in the snow were rescued and evacuated to Military Hospital Kupwara. Another soldier Gunner Souvik Hazra who was part of the patrol developed hypothermia and was also evacuated to Military Hospital. All three brave hearts couldn’t survive and made supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.

“All three bravehearts were air evacuated to 168 MH, Kupwara, however, could not be revived and succumbed to their medical conditions at the Military Hospital,” a defence ministry spokesman said.

They said that Lt Gen ADS Aujla, Chinar Corps Commander, and all ranks paid homage to the soldiers in a solemn ceremony at Badami Bagh Cantonment, army spokesman said and added the Army stands in solidarity with bereaved families and remains committed to their well being.