World
Indian soldier's body found in Kashmir after 18 years
Publish Date: Aug 20, 2014
Indian soldier's body found in Kashmir after 18 years
An estimated 8,000 troops have died on the glacier since 1984, almost all of them from avalanches, landslides, frostbite, altitude sickness or heart failure rather than combat.
  • mail
  • img
newvision

SRINAGAR - The Indian army has found the body of a soldier 18 years after he went missing on the Siachen glacier in disputed Indian Kashmir, police said Wednesday.

"The body was discovered in a frozen state last week," superintendent of police Sunil Gupta told AFP by phone from Leh, 450 kilometres (281 miles) from the region's main city of Srinagar.

Gupta said the man, whose body has now been sent to his home in northern India, had likely been hit by an avalanche. The body was identified using papers in the soldier's pocket.

"It was a nightmare to bring the body back and took five days," he added.

At more than 18,000 feet (5,700 meters) Siachen is known as the world's highest battleground, and temperatures there can drop as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius.

An estimated 8,000 troops have died on the glacier since 1984, almost all of them from avalanches, landslides, frostbite, altitude sickness or heart failure rather than combat.

Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan, who each administer part of Kashmir but claim it in full, fought over Siachen in 1987.

But guns on the glacier have largely fallen silent since a peace process began in 2004.

There was no fighting on the glacier when the soldier went missing in 1996.

AFP
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Burkina gov
Burkina Faso's interim leaders were expected to unveil a new government lineup on Sunday, with the country anxious to see the extent of military influence under civilian President Michel Kafando....
Boko Haram gunmen kill 48 fish vendors
Boko Haram gunmen killed 48 fish vendors in Nigeria''s restive Borno State, near the border with Chad....
3000 evacuated after WWII bomb found in France
The 250-kilogramme (550-pound) bomb was found near the city's town hall during the building of a new metro line....
A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck China's southwestern province of Sichuan on Saturday, with Chinese state media reporting one fatality....
Nigeria''s main opposition party warns against a plan to arrest parliamentary speaker Aminu Tambuwal, who quit the ruling party last month....
Moscow accuses West of seeking Russia
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday accused the West of seeking to force a regime change in Russia through sanctions over the Ukraine conflict....
Should workers be subjected to a 4% Health Insurance Tax??
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter