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Body of soldier buried under Siachen avalanche recovered

The body of a soldier swept away by an avalanche in Siachen Glacier area of Jammu and Kashmir was recovered on Saturday, a defence official said.

“Mortal remains of Rifleman Sunil Rai, who was buried under snow after an avalanche struck an Army patrol in the Turtuk Sector on Friday, was recovered by rescue teams today (Saturday) morning,” Army’s Northern Command spokesman Col. S.D. Goswami said.

Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang, who was rescued immediately after the avalanche and evacuated for medical treatment, could however not be revived and succumbed on Friday itself.

“The mortal remains of the soldiers are being evacuated from the area of the avalanche, after which a wreath-laying ceremony will be conducted to honour the martyrs. Thereafter, they will be transported by air to their native places where they will be accorded funerals with full military honours,” he said.

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