Students of the Dogra Higher Secondary School in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday paid tributes to the soldiers who lost their lives after an avalanche hit Army positions in the Siachen glacier. In the visuals accessed by Republic TV, the school children, remembering the soldiers are seen holding placards that read 'Salute to the Real Heroes of India', lighting candles and singing devotional songs. Four Army Jawans and two civilians were killed in the line of duty as a patrol team was hit by an avalanche in the Siachen Glacier on Monday evening.
Eight personnel who were operating in the Northern Sector of the Siachen Glacier at an altitude of 19,000 feet were hit by the avalanche on Monday evening. A defence spokesperson stated that the Avalanche Rescue Teams from the nearby posts were rushed to the location immediately and all the eight personnel were pulled out. They were evacuated by helicopters to the nearest Military Hospital, however, six of them died due to extreme hypothermia, the spokesperson added.
The Siachen Glacier is situated at a height of over 20,000 feet in the eastern Karakoram range in the Himalayas just northeast of pony NJ9842 where the Line of Control between Indian and Pakistan ends. It is 76 km long and is the longest glacier in the Karakoram and the second-longest in the world's non-polar areas. India and Pakistan have fought intermittentlyover the land since 1984. Both India and Pakistan maintain a permanent military presence in the region.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday took to Twitter to pay tribute to the martyred soldiers in the avalanche. He stated that "I salute their courage and service to the nation."
Deeply pained by the demise of soldiers and porters due to avalanche in Siachen. I salute their courage and service to the nation. My heartfelt condolences to their families.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) November 19, 2019