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3 soldiers killed in North Kashmir mishap, identified

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Three soldiers part of a regular operational task in the Machhal Sector of North Kashmir’s  Kupwara district died on Wednesday morning after slipping into a deep gorge.

The deceased included a Junior Commissioned Officer.

Srinagar-based Defense Spokesperson while divulging information about the incident said that a routine operational task was undertaken on Tuesday evening in Machhal Sector, along a narrow winter track. While moving towards the forward post, snow along the narrow track broke, leading to the slipping of one JCO and two soldiers into a deep gorge.

A search and rescue operation was immediately launched with troops from the nearest post. In spite of adverse weather conditions and rough terrain, sustained efforts of the search party led to the recovery of mortal remains of the three dead bodies during pre-dawn hours of Wednesday.

The deceased soldiers have been identified as 43-year-old Naib SubedarParshotam Kumar, a resident of Bishnah, District in Jammu, 39-year-old Havaldar Amrik Singh of Himachal Pradesh and 23-year-old Amit Sharma also a native of Himachal Pradesh.

The bodies of the trio as per Army will be taken for last rites to their respective native places. [KNT]

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