A Territorial Army soldier was died on Sunday while he was patrolling the anti-infiltration fence along the Line of Control in Machhal Sector in frontier Kupwara district.
PRO (Def) Srinagar, Col NN Joshi said the soldier, Sepoy Kishori Lal, a resident of Dhar village of Kishtwar district, slipped and fell into a deep nallah while he was involved in resusitating the anti-infiltration fence which was damaged due to the heavy snow fall this year.
“Speedy resusitation of the anti-infiltration is undertaken every year soon after snow melts. This is vital to maintain a robust anti-infiltration posture and prevent infiltration of terrorists through the highly treacherous areas along the Line of Control. The soldier was immediately evacuated by helicopter to Army Base Hospital at Srinagar, however he succumbed to his injuries,” Col NN Joshi said.
He said that Kishori joined the Territorial Army last year. Born to a family of farmers, he is proudly remembered by his peers for his indomitable spirit, a very high camaraderie quotient, commitment towards duty and thrust of achieving higher goals.
“He was physically tough and was a natural choice to his team to undertake challenging tasks and he proved it last month when he was part of a detachment which repaired a critical portion of the fence in record time,” the PRO said.
Paying tributes to the brave soldier, Lt Gen Satish Dua, GOC Chinar Corps saluted the courage and selflessness of Sepoy Kishori lal whose commitment to work can be gauged from the fact that he volunteered to supervise the work in the most difficult part of the terrain.
He saluted the bereaved families and offering his condolences for their loss, The General Officer reaffirmed the Army’s commitment towards looking after their honour and well being.
The mortal remains of the martyr was flown in an army helicopter from Srinagar to Kishtwar (J&K) for cremation at his village with full military honours.