Srinagar, Nov 30:Two
soldiers were Saturday killed after an Army patrol operating in Southern Siachen
Glacier was hit by an avalanche.
Indian Army spokesperson, Colonel Rajesh Kalia said,
“An Army patrol operating at an altitude of approximately 18,000 feet in
Southern Siachen Glacier was hit by an avalanche during the early hours of
An Avalanche Rescue Team (ART) following the patrol
immediately rushed and managed to locate and pull out all members of the
Simultaneously, Army helicopters were pressed into service
to evacuate the avalanche victims. However, despite best efforts by the medical
teams, two Army personnel succumbed in the avalanche.
Indian Army’s Northern Command in a tweet paid tributes to
the two soldiers who lost their life.
“LtGenRanbirSingh, ArmyCdrNC and all ranks salute the
supreme sacrifice of Nb Sub TsewangGialshan and Rfn Padma Norgais; offer
deepest condolences to the families,” the Northern Command said in a
On November 18, six persons including four soldiers and two
porters were killed in an avalanche in the Siachen Glacier.
Siachen Glacier is the world’s highest battlefield and more
troops have been killed in weather and terrain-related incidents in the area
than in enemy firing. India has deployed troops in its territory since 1984
after Pakistan tried to seize the glacier by sending its troops and
mountaineering expeditions in the area.