The father of at least one Army man, who died along with three others after they were struck by the avalanche at an altitude of 19,000 ft at in Siachen, was unaware of the tragedy more than 24 hours of the incident.
Jagga Singh, who is in Border Security Force (BSF) and posted in Delhi, had only been told to reach home in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur as “some emergency has erupted”. The mortal remains of his son, Sepoy Dimpal Kumar, would reach their native place soon after Jagga Singh reaches village Saidon in Hoshiarpur.
Mukhtiar Singh, the husband of the village sarpanch, told The Indian Express that he had received a call from the local police station. “They informed us about the incident. The body will reach here Wednesday morning, hours after his father reaches home,” Mukhtiar Singh, said, adding Dimpal Kumar had joined Army two years back.
A group of eight persons, including six Army personnel, were struck by the avalanche at an altitude of 19,000 ft at around 3pm Monday. Rescue teams from nearby posts were rushed to the location after the incident. Only two Army personnel survived the avalanche, an official said.
Mortal remains of Army men would reach Air Force station in Chandigarh, Wednesday. From there, the remains will be taken to their native places in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.
Those who died in the tragedy include Sepoy…