Siachen avalanche: Army declares all trapped soldiers dead; PM Narendra Modi pays condolences

Siachen is the world’s highest active battlefield, contested by India and Pakistan since 1984 when India launched Operation Meghdoot.

Written by Arun Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: February 5, 2016 7:45 am
siachen, siachen news, avalanche Siachen tragedy: “With deepest regret we have to state that chances of finding any survivors are very remote,” said Defence Spokesperson.

All ten soldiers who were hit by a massive avalanche at Siachen on Wednesday have been declared dead by the Army. “It is a tragic event and we salute the soldiers who braved all challenges to guard our frontiers and made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,’’ said General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Lt General D S Hooda.

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.

Read Also: 10 soldiers buried in avalanche in Siachen

Prime Minister Narendra Modi too mourned on the demise of the soldiers on Thursday. In a tweet the PM said, “Demise of soldiers in Siachen is very tragic. I salute the brave soldiers who gave their lives to the nation. Condolences to their families.”

One junior commissioned officer (JCO) and nine jawans of the Army’s 19 Madras battalion had been trapped after an avalanche struck their post in Siachen early Wednesday morning. The post is at 19,600 feet on the Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL) — the border with Pakistan at Siachen glacier — in the vicinity of Bana post.

State Governor N N Vohra also expressed shock over the deaths. A Raj Bhawan spokesperson said the Governor spoke to Northern Army Commander Lt General D S Hooda to convey his heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved families over the tragic loss. He lauded the brave officers and men of the Indian Army who serve in the most difficult areas, brave all odds and even give away their lives for safeguarding national security, the spokesperson added.

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Siachen is the world’s highest active battlefield, contested by India and Pakistan since 1984 when India launched Operation Meghdoot. In April 1984, the Indian Army moved in to pre-empt a move by the Pakistan Army to occupy the glacier. Indian Army currently occupies the full Siachen glacier, while Pakistani forces are deployed at the lower heights of Saltoro ridge.

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    Sandeep
    Feb 5, 2016 at 2:14 pm
    Salutes to these heros. These soldiers died for us.
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      Ajay Mittal
      Feb 5, 2016 at 12:04 am
      Why didn't army build a solid iron pipeline from base to 600 feet high in a spiral fashion and each barrack could be linked to the pipe. Then there would be no need for digging or tunneling in the event of an avalanche.
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        Aap
        Feb 5, 2016 at 1:58 am
        May God give patience to the families.
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          Amit.Sharma
          Feb 4, 2016 at 12:50 pm
          Manning glaciers and Skrewing Patankot air bases.
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            khan
            Feb 5, 2016 at 1:27 pm
            No body is talking to come out of siachin peacefully. Resolve this dispute at priority to save more such soldiers
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              AMIT RAUSHAN
              Feb 5, 2016 at 3:59 am
              Heartfelt to the real HEROES.....Salute!!!!
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                Aalap Gandhi
                Feb 4, 2016 at 7:28 pm
                why cant military investigate the situation thoroughly so that it does not happen another time. looks like our soldiers are so disposable that no one cares. if this would happen in some western country there would all sorts of investigation and would not stop till they find the bodies off them. What a Shame for the government and the army. Do something they have families too who loved them. i am going to put this on Facebook. Stop making our soldiers so disposable like garbage bags they are the ones giving life to save our country. Lots of Respects to the Fallen.
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                  khodsal
                  Feb 5, 2016 at 2:16 am
                  Who will carry this pipeline to 20000 ft...the helicopters at times can only carry 20 litres of kerosene in one sortie...
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                    Think
                    Feb 4, 2016 at 12:08 pm
                    I blame all political parties for this. If India settles the Kashmir issue and had a proper border with stan, there would be no need to have army camps in naturally dangerous places like Siachen. For this to happen, Indian political parties must get together behind the Govt and settle the Kashmir issue once for all with some give and take.
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                      Arpit
                      Feb 4, 2016 at 1:44 pm
                      RIP bravehearts. God bless you and give strength to your families. Nation shall be forever greatful to you.
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                        arvind
                        Feb 4, 2016 at 11:29 am
                        we dont expect anything from Modi's govt for farmers or army.. if it would have been businessman they would have done everything.
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                          vasanth kumar
                          Feb 5, 2016 at 8:11 am
                          If it is possible go and visit siachen once t u r life time
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                            Veereshwar Bhaskar
                            Feb 4, 2016 at 4:58 pm
                            Sad beyond expression.I salute my brothers-An ex-sailor Indian navy
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                              Aditya
                              Feb 4, 2016 at 1:34 pm
                              RIP . Nothing to say.
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                                disgusted
                                Feb 4, 2016 at 5:41 pm
                                Our deepest sympathies are with the bereaved families of these brave soldiers..
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                                  Deep Rai
                                  Feb 4, 2016 at 11:34 am
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                                    Sandeep singh
                                    Feb 6, 2016 at 5:21 pm
                                    Jai hind...
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                                      Praveen Prabhakaran
                                      Feb 6, 2016 at 2:25 pm
                                      1) Its because the world is brutal, that men like them needs to be at unconditional places to risk their lives. 2) Their families should be given opportunities to live a better life.
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                                        Ron
                                        Feb 7, 2016 at 9:16 am
                                        A thought... In today's technological era, can't the Siachen Glacier border area be patrolled by satellites/unmanned aerial vehicles and in case of any intrusion by stan, can it not be tackled through armed drones or missiles/rockets aimed at the precise location of intrusion? this will save thousands of lives lost every year on the Glacier.
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                                          Ron
                                          Feb 7, 2016 at 9:07 am
                                          Your nation salutes you in your martyrdom and mourns.
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                                            ISHAK
                                            Feb 4, 2016 at 12:36 pm
                                            deep condolences
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