Chandigarh, Mar 14 : The Search and Rescue operations (SAR) for the remaining two missing soldiers, who were trapped under an avalanche at Kinnuar district of Himachal Pradesh on February 20, were called off, after the recovery of two remaining bodies at 1030 hrs on Thursday.
The body of NK Videsh Chand of village Thrauna, Nirmand, district Kullu (Himachal Pradesh) will be moved to Jhakri this evening and the last rites will be carried out on Friday morning.
The body of Rifleman Arjun Kumar of village Kattal Brahamana, Hira Nagar, district Kathua (Jammu) will be airlifted by ALH to Janglot on Friday and will be sent by road from there to his native village.
Additional District Magistrate Shiv Mohan Seni said that six soldiers of the Indian Armed force 7-J&K rifle were buried under a massive avalanche, which hit the place at Shipka La Pass near Namgai Dogri in Kinnuar district on India-China border, when they were repairing the water pipe lines.
As many as 500 Jawans of Indian Army, ITBP and State Police, along with snow cutters, machines and sniffer dogs were used to trace out the bodies, during the one of the worst search operations that lasted for 23 days.
The continuous snowfall, bone biting extreme cold, blizzards and subsequent avalanches hampered the SAR, the ADM added. Havaldar Rakesh Kumar's body was recovered on February 20 itself, while the body of 25-year-old rifleman Rajesh Rishi, hailing from Solan, was traced out on March 2.
On March 4, body of Rifleman Govind Bhadur Chhatri, belonged to Binguri district of West Bengal was found, while Rifleman Nitin Rana, belonging to Nagrota Suriyan of Kangra district, was found dead on March 8. UNI