| Dehradun |
Updated: August 17, 2020 5:44:14 am
Seven months after Garhwal Rifles Havildar Rajendra Singh (35) from Dehradun went missing in an avalanche while patrolling at the Line of Control (LoC) in Gulmarg, his family received information about the recovery of his body on Saturday.
According to Rajendra’s relatives, the Army in May declared him a “battle-casualty” and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat earlier this month sent a condolence message to his wife, but she had refused to accept that Rajendra is dead since the body had not been recovered.
The eldest among four siblings, Rajendra joined the Garhwal Rifles regiment in 2001. He is survived by his wife Rajeshwari, two daughters and a son.
“Rajendra last came to Dehradun in October 2019 for Diwali and when he resumed duty, he was posted in Gulmarg at the LoC. On January 9 this year, we received information from the Army that he had gone missing after an avalanche,” said Dinesh Negi, a retired Armyman and Rajendra’s cousin.
Dinesh said that when the Army could not trace Rajendra for three days, he had lost hope. “During my service, I had been posted in Siachen and I am aware that no one can survive under such snow cover for more than two days. I told this to his family. But…