Bengaluru, Feb 15: The mortal remains of seven soldiers who were martyred at the icy and unforgiving heights of Siachen Glacier in an avalanche strike on February 3 were brought to city on Monday evening.
A special Indian Air Force AN-32 flight carrying the mortal remains landed at HAL Airport at around 7. 15 pm.
Among the seven were: Subedar Nagesha T.T. (Tejur village, Hassan district), Sepoy Mahesha P.N. (H.D. Kote village, Mysore district), Sepoy Rama Moorthy N. (Gudisatana Palli village, Krishnagiri district), Havildar Elumalai M (Dukkam Parai village, Vellore district), Lance Havildar S Kumar (Kumanan Thozhu village, Theni district), Sepoy Ganesan G (Chokkathevan Patti village, Madurai district) and Lance Naik Sudheesh B (Monroethuruth village, Kollam district, Kerala).
Out of the seven mortal remains, four were taken in another Service aircraft to Thiruvanthapuram, Madurai and Chennai.
Army officials from Karnataka and Kerala Sub-Area Command, officials from Karnataka Government were present at the airport to receive the mortal remains.
A wreath-laying ceremony was held at the HAL Airport for three (two from Karnataka and one from Tamil Nadu) Siachen bravehearts of 19 Madras Regiment. Speaking to OneIndia, Dr M S Patil, Defence PRO, Bengaluru said that the mortal remains of these three soldiers will be taken to their respective places (Hassan, Mysuru and Krishnagiri) tonight itself by road.
Among those present at the airport were Bengaluru Development Minister K J George, Karnataka Chief Secretary, Bengaluru Central MP P C Mohan and Station Commander Brig S S Tinaikar.
The family members of the fallen soldiers were also present on the occasion.
In addition to senior officials, there were 94 officers from ASC Centre South, 54 ASC Centre North and 81 officers from the Parachute Regiment Centre.
Traffic police create green corridor
The Bangalore Traffic Police on their part created a ‘green corridor' between 7 pm to 8 pm from HAL Airport to Hosuru Road, Mysuru Road and Tumkur Road.While saluting the spirit of the soldiers, the traffic police said this would help create a signal free movement for the ambulance carrying the mortal remains of martyred soldiers.
A large battery of media members was present at the airport right from 5 pm onwards. As per the first initial information, the mortal remains were to land at 5.30 pm. The delay in arrival was due to the late departure of the flight from New Delhi.