February 5th, 2016
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10 Army personnel got buried under a mass of snow after being hit by an avalanche on Wednesday at a high-altitude post on Siachen Glacier. The personnel were attached to Madras regiment.
The post is at 19,600 feet. Siachen is the world’s highest active battlefield, contested by India and Pakistan since 1984 when India launched Operation Meghdoot. The avalanche hit the northern part of the glacier. Last month, four soldiers of 3 Ladakh Scouts were killed when their patrol party was hit by a massive avalanche in the Ladkah region of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Ministry of Defence had earlier in the day said the chances of finding any survivors were very remote. “With deepest regret we have to state that chances of finding any survivors are very remote,” said the Defence Spokesperson. as reported by Indian Express.
Demise of soldiers in Siachen is very tragic. I salute the brave soldiers who gave their lives to the nation. Condolences to their families.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 4, 2016
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vice-President Hamid Ansari has expressed grief over their death. The highest battleground on the earth Siachen glacier has minimum temperature in the region can dip to -50 Degree Celsius. Since 1984 both India and Pakistan have maintained their military presence in the region .
As per reports 8000 jawans have been killed in Siachen so far, most of the soldiers have died due to extreme weather. The cost to maintaining the army in the region is huge both in monitory terms and lives we lose.
It is tough on both the countries India and Pakistan where people are dying of hunger. We hope both the countries come up with some pact to keep that region army free and save thousand of lives of army men. We salute the brave soldiers who laid their lives on enemy lines, and hope such tragedies never come again.