Ten army personnel were buried under snow after their camp in the northern part of the Siachen glacier was struck by a massive avalanche, at a height of 19,600 feets. This happened on the Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL) , the border with Pakistan at Siachen glacier.
A senior army official told sources :
“The post was manned by a Junior Commissioned Officer and nine soldiers”
After the rescue operations by the specialized team of the army and the air force, more than a day after the incident on Thursday 4 Feb, all the ten army soldiers were declared dead by the Army. General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Lt General, D S Hooda said :
“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”
Defence PRO (Northern Command), Col. S.D. Goswami, had earlier stated that the chances of finding any survivors were very remote.
“Rescue teams are braving adverse weather and effects of rarified atmosphere to locate and rescue survivors. However, it is with deepest of regrets that we have to state that chances of finding any survivors are now very remote”
Siachen, a 76 km (47 mi) long, is the longest glacier in the Karakoram and second-longest in the world’s non-polar areas. It also world’s highest active battlefield, conflicted by India and Pakistan since 1984. Entire Siachen Glacier with all major passes is currently under administration of India since 1984 when the Indian forces moved in to pre-empt a move by the Pakistan Army to occupy the glacier and launched Operation Meghdoot.
Reportedly, India spends Rs. 5 crore a day for maintaining troops on the glacier on an average basis.
Source : Indian Express