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Army pays tribute to soldiers who died during rescue operation

While most of the soldiers swam to safety or were rescued, Chandra and Owaise were swept away.

By: Express News Service | Srinagar | September 14, 2014 10:29:12 am

The Army Saturday paid tribute to two soldiers — Naik Khem Chandra and rifleman Meer Owaise Hussain — who lost their lives during a rescue operation in Sambur area on September 5.

On Saturday morning, the Army cleared the war memorial at HQ 15 Corps, which was waterlogged till a day ago, to lay a wreath on the mortal remains of Chandra. Lt Gen Subrata Saha, General Officer Commanding, 15 Corps led the ceremony. Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Centre paid a tribute to Hussain.

Chandra’s mortal remains were sent to Delhi, from where they would be sent to his native village in Uttarakhand. Owaise is a native of Dadasara village of Pulwama district in J&K.

The two soldiers were part of a team out to rescue villagers. During the rescue operation, the bund on river Jhelum broke. While most of the soldiers swam to safety or were rescued, Chandra and Owaise were swept away.

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