Kinnaur, March 14: Bodies of two Indian Army jawans were retrieved on the 23rd day of operations to rescue six soldiers trapped at an avalanche site since February 20 at Namgya in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district. Meanwhile, bodies of four of the six missing Army personnel were already been recovered earlier. The rescue operation is now concluded. Avalanche Hits Army Personnel in Kinnaur, One Jawan Dead, Five Trapped.
HP: Bodies of 2 jawans have been retrieved on the 23rd day of operations underway to rescue six Army men trapped at an avalanche site since Feb 20 at Namgya, Kinnaur. Bodies of 4 of the six missing Army personnel have already been recovered. Rescue operations have been concluded. pic.twitter.com/8sjCTg17T4
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The avalanche that hit the region on February 20 was triggered by the sliding of a glacier near Namgia Dogri, bordering Tibet. The deceased soldiers were identified as naik Videsh Chand, rifleman Govind Bahadur Chhetri, rifleman Rajesh Rishi, rifleman Arjun Kumar, rifleman Nitin Rana and Havildar Rajesh Kumar. The six soldiers of 7 JAK Rifles got buried under the snow in an avalanche on February 20. Himachal Pradesh Avalanche: Body of One of the 5 Missing Soldiers Trapped in Kinnaur Recovered After 11 Days.
According to reports, the soldiers were repairing a frozen water pipe in the nullah between Dogri and Namgia along Shipkila pass in Pooh block. Havildar Kumar was rescued on the same day. However, Kumar succumbed to his injuries in a hospital in Pooh later.