Machil avalanche: Mortal remains of 3 army men retrieved

Mortal remains of three army men killed in an avalanche in the Machil sector in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district have been retrieved, an army spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Detailing out the incident, a spokesperson in a statement said, “Three soldiers, part of a regular operational task in Machhal Sector, Kupwara, slipped into a deep gorge and made supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.”

“A routine operational task was undertaken on 10 Jan 2023 at about 5:30 PM in Machhal Sector, along a narrow winter track. While moving towards the forward post, snow along the narrow track broke, leading to slipping of one JCO and two Jawaans into a deep gorge,” reads the statement.

“A search and rescue operation was immediately launched with troops from the nearest post. Inspite of adverse weather condition and rough terrain, sustained efforts of the search party led to the recovery of mortal remains of the three brave soldiers today morning between 04:15 to 04:45 AM,” the statement reads.

Those killed in the incident, as per the statement are; Late Nb Sub Parshotam Kumar was forty-three years old and had joined Army in 1996. He belonged to Village Majua Uttami, Post Raika, Tehsil, Bishnah, District Jammu in J&K. The braveheart is survived by his wife and two children, Late Hav Amrik Singh was thirty-nine years old and had joined Army in 2001. He belonged to Village Mandwara, Post Marwari, Tehsil Ghanari, District Una in Himachal Pradesh. The braveheart is survived by his wife and one son and Late Amit Sharma was twenty-three years old and had joined Army in 2019. He belonged to Village Talasi Khurd, Post Kirwin, Tehsil Hamirpur, District Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh. The braveheart is survived by his mother.

“The mortal remains of the three bravehearts will be taken for last rites to their respective native places, where they would be laid to rest with full military honours. In this hour of grief, the Indian Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved families and remains committed to their dignity and wellbeing,” the statement reads further