Army choppers move out mortal remains of Siachen braves

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Jammu, Feb 13: Indian Army confirmed on Saturday that the mortal remains of 9 soldiers of 19 Madras Regiment have been moved out of the Northern Glacier.

Indian Army officials said that helicopter of Army Aviation did a daring act exploiting limited patch of opening in the weather.


"Using very narrow window of fair weather, we have succeeded in moving the mortal remains of nine bravehearts. The weather continues to be extremely hostile. We are exploring all options now to get the mortal remains closer to Leh, if the weather opens up further," an official said.

Another official told OneIndia that the mortal remains gave reached Pratapur and an FIR is being lodged.
"This is a normal procedure and we are hopeful of getting the mortal remains to New Delhi tomorrow," he said.

The relatives of the soldiers have been waiting anxiously for the last 10 days after the news of the avalanche came out on February 3.

OneIndia had reported yesterday that the mortal remains were being kept ready at one of the Siachen posts, waiting for the weather to clear up.

Among the 10 soldiers died, four are from Tamil Nadu, three from Karnataka (including Lance Naik Hanumanthappa) and one each from Kerala, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

[Read more: Bad weather holds up airlifting of mortal remains of 9 Siachen martyrs]

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