In an unfortunate incident, four Army soldiers and a BSF jawan were killed in three avalanches near the Line of Control in north Kashmir. An avalanche hit an Army post in Machil sector along the Line of Control on Tuesday in which Nine people, including four soldiers, were trapped.
The incident has created a fear among locals of Kashmir. However, the rescue operation was launched in which soldiers were pulled out of the avalanche debris. Three soldiers were found dead, while one soldier was rescued alive.
The third incident took place in the Naugam sector where a 29-year-old BSF jawan was declared dead and six others were rescued after an avalanche hit their post along the Line of Control (LoC). The deceased jawan was identified as constable Ganga Bara of the 77th battalion of the force.
“There were a total of seven troops deployed in the affected area. While six were safely rescued, constable Bara could not be revived even after much effort,” a senior officer of the border guarding force said.
The jawan was reportedly said to come from the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal and had joined the BSF in the year 2011. The Border Security Force (BSF) is generally deployed along the LoC under the operational command of the Army so as to protect the border from Pakistan.
Another avalanche struck a village in Gagangir area of Ganderbal district leaving five civilians dead and four others injured, police said. Rescue operations were launched by army and police in the hit areas, in which four civilians were rescued, officials said.
Authorities in Ladakh had issued a low-danger avalanche warning in various areas and asked people to avoid venturing into the avalanche-prone areas, an official said.