Dharamshala: Seven soldiers of the Indian Army who were hit by an avalanche in Arunachal Pradesh’s Kameng Sector have been found dead. The troupe was part of a patrol team and had gone missing after being hit by the avalanche in Tawang district on 6 February.
According to Eastern Command, the seven soldiers who became victims of the natural disaster are Hav Jugal Kishore, Rfn Arun Kattal, Rfn Akshay Pathania, Rfn Vishal Sharma, Rfn Rakesh Singh, Rfn Ankesh Bhardwaj and General Gurbaj Singh.
Among the victims, the 21-year-old Ankesh Bhardwaj, a resident of Sau Panchayat of Ghumarwin sub-division of Bilaspur district and Rakesh Singh, a 26-year-old Jawan of 19 Jack Rifle of Maheshgarh village of Baijnath sub-division of Kangra district are from Himachal Pradesh.
Rakesh Singh leaves behind a young wife Anjali Devi and a six-month-old child. The Father of Rakesh Singh, Jigri Ram is a retired man who had served in the Indian Army.
The defense minister Rajnath Singh expressed grief over the tragic death of the servicemen. He tweeted,
Deeply pained by the demise of Indian Army personnel who were struck by an avalanche in Kemang Sector, Arunachal Pradesh.
These brave soldiers lost their lives while serving the nation. I salute their courage and service. My heartfelt condolences to their bereaved families.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) February 8, 2022
Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience.
He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI.
In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism award. He reports on the Tibetan Government in Exile, politics, sports, tourism and other topics. He lives in Dharamshala.