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Jammu and Kashmir: Avalanche kills three Indian Army jawan in Kupwara

Jammu and Kashmir: Avalanche kills three Indian Army jawan in Kupwara

Earlier, the provincial authorities had issued medium-danger avalanche warning in the upper reaches of Kashmir following predictions of inclement weather.

We can not lower the guard because of avalanche warning as the threat of infiltration from across the LoC remains there even during winter, they added.

The avalanche hit an army post near the Line of Control around 11:20 am, defence ministry sources told news agency IANS. However, relief and rescue operation by troops around was immediately launched.

However, three soldiers succumbed at 92 base hospital Badamibagh, Srinagar.

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The three deceased army men were identified as Havaldar Kamlesh Kumar, Naik Balbeer and Sepoy Rajinder. The fourth one, namely Sepoy Bipin, is said to be stable and has been hospitalised, the officer said.

In occupied Kashmir, three Indian troops were killed in a snow avalanche in Kupwara district. They were there defending the country. In 2012, a massive avalanche in the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir killed 140 people, including 129 soldiers.

In 2016, at least 14 Indian soldiers were killed in two avalanches in the region.

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