The mortal remains of nine Siachen brave hearts, who were buried alive in an avalanche, will be brought to the national capital today from Leh on Monday morning.
The bodies of the soldiers are likely to reach New Delhi at around 11.30 am. Earlier in the morning, Leh Corps Commander paid his tributes to the nine Siachen Martyrs at a solemn function at Leh.
The soldiers were killed on February 3 when an avalanche had struck their post, burying ten soldiers under 25 feet of snow. While a soldier Naik Hanamanthapa was found alive after remaining under snow for six days, bodies of the nine other soldiers were retrieved a week after the incident. The mortal remains of the soldiers, however, could not be transferred to their native places as bad weather had made flying out of Siachen area impossible.
Mortal remains of all nine martyrs were brought to Leh from Hunder on Sunday.
“Wreath laying is planned in New Delhi after which IAF aircrafts will fly our martyrs to Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Madurai, Chennai and Trivandrum,” an army official said.
The mortal remains of martyrs would then be carried by IAF aircrafts to Bangalore, Chennai, Trivandrum, Madurai, Pune, and Hyderabad.
The others killed in the avalanche were Havildar Elumalai M of Dukkam Parai village, Vellore district, Tamil Nadu, Lance Havildar S Kumar of Kumanan Thozhu village, Theni district, Tamil Nadu, Lance Naik Sudheesh of Monroethuruth village, Kollam district, Kerala and Sepoy Mahesha PN of HD Kote village, Mysore district, Karnataka.
Sepoy Ganesan of Chokkathevan Patti village, Madurai district, Tamil Nadu, Sepoy Rama Moorthy of Gudisatana Palli village, Krishnagiri District, Tamil Nadu, Sepoy Mustaq Ahmed of Parnapalle village, Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh and Sepoy (Nursing Assistant) Suryawanshi S V of Maskarwadi village, Satara district, Maharashtra are the others.
(With agency inputs)