Gorkha Jawan From Darjeeling killed in avalanche in Siachen, Another Missing

Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang of Lopchu in Darjeeling has become Martyr, after a massive avalanche  hit a 2/11 Gorkha Rifles patrol party in Siachen glacier in Ladakh on Friday.

“Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang, who was earlier rescued from an avalanche in Turtuk Sector succumbed to his injuries. The soldier, who was immediately retrieved and evacuated to the nearest medical facility, could not be revived by the medical team,” said Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at Srinagar.

The avalanche hit the partol party around 8 am at Turtuk area of Siachen — the highest battleground in the world — following which two jawans got buried under the snow, a defence spokesperson said.

Immediately, rescue drills were launched and one of the soldiers, Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang, was rescued in a “critical” condition and shifted to a nearest medical facility.

Hailing from Kothey Dhura, Lopshu in Darjeeling of West Bengal, Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang was part of the army patrol when it came under the massive avalanche in the Turtuk sector.

Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang
Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang

Meanwhile, massive efforts are on to search and rescue the missing jawan, whose name the Army hasn’t released is reportedly from Kalimpong, despite an inclement weather in the area.

Northern Command Army Commander Lt Gen D. S. Hooda has expressed his deep condolences to the family of Tamang.

On March 17, an avalanche had hit an army post situated at an altitude of 17,500 feet in the Kargil sector.

While one soldier was rescued immediately, the body of another jawan was retrieved from under the snow three days later.

Today’s incident occurred one-and-half months after 10 soldiers were killed when a massive avalanche buried their post at 19,600 feet in the world’s highest battlefield of Siachen.

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