Indian Army pays tribute to soldier who died on Siachen Glacier
The Indian army on Sunday paid tribute to Havaldar Darpan Pradhan who made the supreme sacrifice on October 21 while deployed on the Siachen Glacier. Earlier in August, the Indian Army’s Northern Command recovered the remains of a soldier after 38 years who went missing during Operation Meghdoot in 1984.
‘Operation Meghdoot’, the code name for an Indian armed forces operation, was launched 38 years ago on April 13. Launched in 1984 to capture the Siachen Glacier in Jammu and Kashmir, precipitating the Siachen conflict, this military operation was unique as the first assault was launched on the world’s highest battlefield. Military action allowed Indian troops to take control of the entire Siachen Glacier.
Indian Army said Lance Naik, late Chander Sekhar, has been missing since May 29, 1984 in Siachen. “LNk (late) Chander Shekhar was identified using the identification disc bearing his army number which was entangled with the body’s remains,” he said, adding that further details had been recovered. in the official archives of the army.
According to Indian Army records, the late soldier had been deployed for Operation Meghdoot on the Gyongla Glacier in 1984. “An Indian Army patrol found the remains of LNk (late) Chander Shekhar, who was carried missing since May 29, 1984 while deployed on the glacier due to an avalanche,” Indian Army Northern Command said in a tweet.
The Siachen Glacier is the highest battleground in the world, where India and Pakistan have fought on and off since 1984. Both countries maintain a permanent military presence in the area at a height of over 6,000 meters (20,000 feet). More than 2,000 soldiers died in this inhospitable terrain, mainly due to extreme weather conditions and the natural hazards of mountain warfare. (ANI)
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