Mortal remains of 9 soldiers flown to Siachen base camp

Mortal remains of 9 soldiers flown to Siachen base camp
Foreign rescue personnel work at the site of an avalanche during an ongoing operation at Gayari camp near the Siachen glacier April 18, 2012. After touring the site of an avalanche that buried 129 Pakistani soldiers near the border with rival India, the country's army chief made a rare call on Wednesday for the demilitarisation of the world's highest battlefield. General Ashfaq Kayani was speaking 11 days after a Pakistani army battalion headquarters near the Siachen Glacier in the disputed Kashmir region was engulfed by up to 80 feet (25 meters) of snow. Eleven civilians were also trapped. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER MILITARY)

Jammu: The mortal remains of nine soldiers who died in an avalanche on Siachen glacier were on Saturday brought down to Siachen base in Ladakh sector from where they will be later taken to Leh after the weather clears.

“All the mortal remains have reached Siachen base camp today,” a senior Army officer said.

Choppers ferried them to Siachen base from the high altitude post after a brief improvement in weather.

The helicopters are awaiting a window of good weather to further take them to Leh, the officer said, adding that the MeT department has predicted a clear day tomorrrow.

“Weather between Siachen base camp and Leh is reportedly not fit for helicopter operation. Therefore all mortal remains have been moved to Military Hospital, Hunder (near Parthapur), for embalming and custody till weather clears,” he said.

Bad weather conditions had earlier hampered the airlifting of the bodies from the high altitude post in Siachen glacier.

A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and nine other soldiers of Madras Regiment were buried on February 3 after their post was hit by the avalanche at an altitude of 19,600 ft close to the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan, where the temperature was minus 45 degrees Celsius.

While Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad was miraculously dug out alive, 9 other bodies were recovered on February 9.

The mortal remains of those brought down to Siachen base include Subedar Nagesha TT of Tejur village, Hassan district, Karnataka, Havildar Elumalai M of Dukkam Parai village, Vellore district, Tamil Nadu, Lance Havildar S Kumar of Kumanan Thozhu village, Theni district, Tamil Nadu, Lance Naik Sudheesh of Monroethuruth village, Kollam district, Kerala and Sepoy Mahesha PN of HD Kote village, Mysore district, Karnataka.

Sepoy Ganesan of Chokkathevan Patti village, Madurai district, Tamil Nadu, Sepoy Rama Moorthy of Gudisatana Palli village, Krishnagiri District, Tamil Nadu, Sepoy Mustaq Ahmed of Parnapalle village, Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh and Sepoy (Nursing Assistant) Suryawanshi S V of Maskarwadi village, Satara district, Maharashtra are the others whose remains were transported to the base.