Bodies of 2 soldiers, 4 porters recovered after 40 days in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Feb 18 (UNI) The bodies of two soldiers and four porters, who were buried alive under the snow avalanche in Uri sector on January 8, were recovered after 40-days.

After slight improvement in the weather conditions, the Army alongwith police and locals launched a fresh operation to recover the bodies of three soldiers and eight porters who were buried under a huge snow avalanche in Uri sector which experienced more than 15 feet of snowfall, a defence ministry spokesman said.

He said after a long search of the entire area where the incident took place on January 8, troops finally recovered the bodies of two soldiers and four porters.

''We are still looking for a soldier and four more porters,'' he said adding the entire Rajpoot Tikri near the Line of Control (LOC) was under more than 15 feet of snow.

The spokesman said police and civilian porters helped troops to bring the bodies to base camp where they were identified. The bodies will be handed over to their relatives, he said adding the bodies of soldiers were airlifted to headquarters of 15 Corps.

''Normally we send bodies to their native places for performing the last rites. However, in this case the relatives of the dead soldiers will be brought here so that they could participate in the last rites,'' he said.

The defence authorities have already sanctioned Rs one lakh ex-gratia to the next-of kin of each porter killed in the incident while the state government has paid Rs 50,000 each from Chief Minister's relief fund.


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