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HP avalanche: Search operation ends with recovery of bodies of missing soldiers

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

The operation for soldiers trapped by an avalanche in Himachal Pradesh's tribal was called off after the bodies of the last two missing soldiers were recovered on Thursday, a said.

Naik Videsh Chand, Rifleman Arjun Kumar and four other jawans of the 7 Rifles were buried under the avalanche at Shipki La near the Sino-border on February 20.

and Kumar's bodies were recovered on Thursday morning, 23 days after the incident.

The bodies were taken to Pooh from where they will be sent to their native places.

The body of Chand, from village Thrauna in Nirmand tehsil of district, will be moved to Jhakri in the evening, he said adding that Chand's last rites would be performed Friday morning.

The body of Kumar, from village Kattal Brahamana, Hira Nagar, in Jammu and Kashmir's district, will be airlifted by an advanced light helicopter (ALH) to Janglot Friday and then it would be sent by road to his native village, he said.

Earlier the bodies of four jawans were recovered on separate days.

Havaldar Rakesh Kumar's body was recovered on the day of the avalanche, while the bodies of Riflemen Rajesh Rishi and and were recovered on March 2, 4 and 9 respectively.

About 400 personnel and several residents of Khab village carried out the operation despite adverse weather conditions, the said.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 18:46 IST