Gangtok,May 15 : Lt Colonel Robert TA and Lance Naik Sapala Shanmukha Rao died in a massive avalanche near Lugnak La, (pass) at 16,679 ft altitude, North Sikkim,on Thursday, an army official said. Altogether 22 Army soldiers were clearing snow ,when the avalanche occurred.Immediate rescue operations were carried out and 11 soldiers were rescued.
However, the two bodies were not found.As the operations continued, the body of Lieutenant Colonel Robert was found at night. While the rescue still continued at 10.30 pm the body of Lance Naik Sapala Shanmukha, was found.Both the brave men were declared dead when taken to hospital. Meanwhile, the Indian Army has registered a formal FIR with Police.The post mortem of the bodies is to be done. The Indian Army will take over the bodies for last action and rites as per Lockdown formalities. (UNI)