Itanagar: A wreath-laying ceremony was held at Tezpur Air Force Station in Assam on Saturday to pay homage to the seven Indian Army personnel who made supreme sacrifice after being hit by an avalanche in a high altitude area of Kameng Sector in Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday last, Defence sources said.
The seven Army soldiers, who were struck by the avalanche and perished on February 6 while on a regular patrolling duty in the border area, were identified as Riflemen Ankesh Bhardwaj, Akshay Pathania, Vishal Sharma, Rakesh Singh and Arun Kattal, Havildar Jugal Kishore and Gunner (TA) Gurbaj Singh.
“Wreath laying ceremony of Hav Jugal Kishore, Rfn Arun Kattal, Rfn Akshay Pathania, Rfn Vishal Sharma, Rfn Rakesh Singh, Rfn Ankesh Bhardwaj and Gnr (TA) Gurbaj Singh of Indian Army who made supreme sacrifice in the line of duty took place at Tezpur Air Force Station on Saturday,” a Defence spokesman said.
General Officer Commanding, Gajraj Corps, Lt Gen Ravin Khosla and other military officials paid last respects to the bravehearts.After the ceremony, the mortal remains were sent to Akhnoor, Kathua, Dharkalan, Khour, Bajinath, Kangra, Ghamarwin and Batala – their native places in the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Tezpur-based Defence PRO Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande informed.
The bravehearts were part of a patrol which was struck by an avalanche in the high altitude area of Kameng Sector in Arunachal Pradesh on February 6 last. Search and rescue operations were launched immediately including airlifting of specialised teams.
The rescue teams, displaying highest degree of camaraderie and esprit-de-corps, recovered their fallen brothers under hostile weather conditions in an area located at an altitude of 14,500 feet which has treacherous terrain and high peaks two days later.
The area of incident was witnessing heavy snowfall and inclement weather since last few days which made the rescue operations more challenging for the specialised teams tasked to locate and recover the bravehearts, the Defence PRO said.