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Arunachal Avalanche: Wreath Laying Ceremony at Tezpur Air Force Station For Deceased Jawans

The wreath laying ceremony for the seven Indian Army jawans who lost their lives in an avalanche in Arunachal Pradesh’s Kameng sector on February 6 was held at the Tezpur

The wreath laying ceremony for the seven Indian Army jawans who lost their lives in an avalanche in Arunachal Pradesh’s Kameng sector on February 6 was held at the Tezpur Air Force Station in Assam today.

Havildar Jugal Kishore, Rifleman Arun Kattal, Rifleman Akshay Pathania, Rifleman Vishal Sharma, Rifleman Rakesh Singh, Rifleman Ankesh Bhardwaj and Gnr (TA) Gurbaj Singh made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty when they were hit by an avalanche in a high altitude area of the Kameng sector.

On the solemn occasion, GOC Gajraj Corps Lieutenant General Ravin Khosla and other military officials were present on the solemn occasion to pay their last respects to the fallen bravehearts.

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After the ceremony, the mortal remains were sent to Akhnoor, Kathua, Dharkalan, Khour, Bajinath, Kangra, Ghamarwin, and Batala; their native places in the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, respectively.

It may be mentioned that the bravehearts were part of a patrol which was struck by an avalanche in the high altitude area of Kameng Sector in Arunachal Pradesh. Search and rescue operations were launched immediately, including the airlifting of specialised teams.

The rescue teams, displaying the highest degree of camaraderie, recovered their fallen brothers under hostile weather conditions in an area located at an altitude of 14,500 feet, which has treacherous terrain and high peaks. Furthermore, the area of the incident has been witnessing heavy snowfall and inclement weather for the last few days, which made the rescue efforts even more challenging.

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First Published: 12th February, 2022 14:17 IST

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