A major accident took place in Tangdhar area of Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. An avalanche hit an army post in Kupwara district. Due to this, an army soldier was martyred while two were injured.
Officials said an avalanche hit an army post at Roshan Post near the Line of Control in Tangdhar area of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district around 8 pm on Tuesday. Three soldiers stationed at the outpost also fell under its grip. He was immediately rescued and admitted to a hospital. Out of which a young man was martyred.
The martyred jawan has been identified as Nikhil Sharma (25), a rifleman of the 7 National Rifles of the Army. Two other soldiers Ramesh Chand and constable Gurwinder Singh have been recruited.
Earlier, after heavy snowfall and rain in the plains at high altitude areas of the state, the Meteorological Department had issued a warning of moderate and light category snowstorms in four districts of Kashmir Valley, Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora and Ganderbal.
The snowfall that started on Saturday at these places continued on Monday as well. According to officials, this is the first major snowfall of the season at the famous ski resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla and Sonmarg in Ganderbal.
Gulmarg received 19 cm of snow, while Pahalgam in Anantnag district of South Kashmir received light snowfall. Gurez in Bandipora district of North Kashmir, Zojila Pass on Srinagar-Leh Highway and Drass in Ladakh also received snowfall.
During the last three years, 22 Indian soldiers stationed in high altitude areas of Jammu and Kashmir have given their martyrdom without any fighting.
In the year 2019, eight soldiers deployed in service and security of the country martyred in these high altitude areas, while in 2018 also the same number of army soldiers were martyred. Apart from this, in 2017, a total of six soldiers sacrificed their lives in difficult conditions of high altitude.
The experience and efficient strategy of war in the mountainous region of the Indian Army makes them ‘most skilled in the field’.
From the northern borders in Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh in the eastern part of the country, a large number of Indian soldiers have been deployed in the mountains and have mastered the art of fighting on the icy landscape as well as the harsh wastelands of Ladakh.