Two soldiers were killed during a land mine blast in the Kargil sector along the LoC during a routine patrol duty, the Army said on Sunday.
“The soldiers were martyred on July 29 while patrolling when they were caught in a mine blast,” Udhampur based defence spokesperson Col SD Goswami said.
Goswami said due to the effect of the blast subedar Basappa Patil, who was the patrol leader and sepoy Hasansab Khudavand, the leading scout, suffered injuries which proved to be fatal.
Army paid homage to the two soldiers, both hailing from Karnataka, in a wreath laying ceremony held at Leh, he said.
“The brave hearts were honoured by all ranks of the 14 Corps. The mortal remains of the two are being flown to their native places where they will be accorded military funerals with full ceremonial honours,” Goswami said.
Subedar Patil is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son.
“Sepoy Hasansab is survived by his mother, father, a younger sister and a brother,” he said.