No trace of 6 missing soldiers buried under avalanches

There is still no trace of five army men and one Border Security Force (BSF) personnel who went missing after two snow avalanches in the Kashmir valley.

chandigarh Updated: Feb 27, 2012 15:37 IST

There was still no trace of five army and one Border Security Force (BSF) personnel who went missing after they were buried alive under snow avalanches in the Kashmir valley.

Bodies of 18 other soldiers, including five Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs), had since been recovered.

Official sources said that a massive search operation was going on at Markote Dawar in Gurez sector near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir district of Bandipora where 29 soldiers were buried alive under a huge snow avalanche which also damaged workshop of 109 Infantry Brigade last week.

However, 13 bodies were recovered during the next 24 hours while 13 personnel were rescued, most of them in an injured condition.

Twenty-five vehicles and more than a dozen barracks were also damaged in the avalanche.

Body of one soldier was recovered on Friday and another on Sunday . With this, a total of 15 bodies have been recovered so far, including those of five JCOs.

Sources said that one soldier was still missing as there was more than 18 feet of snow in the area, which had also damaged fencing on the LoC, particularly in Shamasbari area which is one of the routes used by militants to infiltrate from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

They said that bodies of three soldiers who were buried under an avalanche in Sonamarg area on Srinagar-Leh national highway in the central Kashmir district of Ganderbal were also recovered after the incident.

However, there was still no trace of four Army personnel and a BSF jawan who were also buried alive under an avalanche in Keran sector near the LoC in January.

The bodies of a soldier and BSF sub-inspector were however recovered, they said.

First Published: Feb 27, 2012 15:10 IST