Body of missing Army jawan found under 12-feet snow in Kargil

Following a three-day-long search operation, Indian Army recovered the body of Sepoy Vijay Kumar K in Kargil on Sunday. The jawan was missing since an avalanche hit the Army post in Kargil sector. 

Last Updated: Mar 20, 2016, 16:08 PM IST
Body of missing Army jawan found under 12-feet snow in Kargil
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New Delhi: Following a three-day-long search operation, Indian Army recovered the body of Sepoy Vijay Kumar K in Kargil on Sunday. The jawan was missing since an avalanche hit the Army post in Kargil sector. 

Army is in the process of evacuating mortal remains of Sepoy Vijay Kumar K from the area after which they will be moved to his native place.

Earlier on Saturday night, Army had rescued another jawan from the snow and his condition continues to remain critical in hospital. 

Two soldiers, who were on surveillance duty in an area close to the Line of Control (LoC), were washed away in the avalanche on Thursday night.

An avalanche warning was issued earlier for higher areas of Jammu and Kashmir, advising people not to venture out over the next 48 hours.

Last month, 10 soldiers were buried under snow after a major avalanche hit their camp in the Siachen glacier.

On February 3, nine Army Jawans including a junior commissioned officer were buried alive when a huge wall of frost and snow crashed into the remote Siachen Glacier, smothering a vast area which also had an Army camp located on it in the southern side of the area at a height of 19,600 feet in eastern Ladakh.

However, the tenth soldier, Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, a resident of Betadur village in Dharwad district of Karnataka, was miraculously pulled out alive from an ‘arctic tent’ buried under 25 feet of frost and snow though in critical condition by the rescuers on February 8, six days after the incident. But he too died in Army’s Research and Referral Hospital three days later.