Who is Lt. Col. Kapil Dev Pandey missing after landslides in Imphal?

Indian Army Lieutenant Colonel Kapil Dev Pandey has been missing for 60 hours after he was hit by a landslide in Imphal. The death toll due to a massive landslide at a Territorial Army camp in Manipur’s Noney district has risen to 29 and 34 people are still missing.

On the other hand, Lieutenant Colonel Kapil Dev Pandey, a resident of Nehru Nagar in the army, is missing after being hit by a landslide in Imphal. Incessant rain is hampering the rescue work of the army. At the same time, the family’s concern has increased due to the prolongation of the operation.

The construction work of the Jiribam railway line and station is going on in the Noney district of Manipur. Due to Bodo militants, it is in the most remote and sensitive area of ​​the state. Therefore Company 107 of the Territorial Army of the Indian Army has been deployed for the safety of the people engaged in the construction work.

Lt Col Kapil Dev is the commander of the team and has been posted there for the last three years. The accident happened around 12.30 pm on Wednesday night, Dainik Bhaskar reported.

At that time Lt Col Kapil Dev Pandey was talking to his mother Kusum and sister Bhavna Pandey in a video call. Kapil has not come to Bhilai for three years. So the mother asked the son out of curiosity when is Bhilai coming? At that very moment, Kapil heard thunder. After which he told the mother that it seems that something is happening behind the campsite, will have to go. After saying this the phone was disconnected. Since then Lt Col Kapil Dev’s mobile is switched off.

Rescue teams of the Army, Assam Rifles, Territorial Army, SDRF, NDRF and local volunteers on Saturday pulled out eight more bodies from the landslide site in Manipur’s Noney district, taking the death toll to 29.

Five of the bodies recovered on Saturday are of the infantry unit of the Territorial Army and the rest of the civilians. So far the bodies of 20 soldiers and nine civilians have been retrieved.

The soldiers who lost their lives in the landslide include Jiyarul Islam of Rovinari village in Do-Bajlai district of Assam and Balram Sharma of Umrangso in Dima Hasao district. The mortal remains of both the soldiers reached their respective native places and were cremated with full military honours. Search is on for 34 other missing persons, including 10 TA soldiers and 24 civilians. “Saturday’s rain has led to the appearance of new cracks at the site. All rescue teams have been advised to proceed with caution,” Deputy Commissioner Houlianlal Guite said.

More than 400 rescue teams are currently engaged in search and rescue operations and are assisted by search and rescue dogs. Rescuers are using sophisticated through-wall imaging radar systems and more than 30 excavators to clear the debris.

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