One Army Jawan from 7 JK Rifles was killed while five others are missing after an avalanche hit them on the India-China border in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday afternoon. The Kinnaur avalanche was triggered by the glacier slide near Shipkila.
Two separate troops from the Army and ITBP were patrolling Namgia Dogri when the avalanche struck them.
Deputy Police Commissioner Dhansukh said the avalanche hit the Japanese Army patrolling group around 3:30 p.m. near Namgia Dogri, Pooh District, Kinnaur District. A team was brought to the scene.
“We found an Army Jawan buried under the snow and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead,” said DySP Dhansukh.
The rescue teams searched the area to find the remaining Jawans but could not find them until the latest reports were received.
Prime Minister Jai Ram Thakur has expressed his grief over the incident. He said the state government will do whatever it can to ensure rapid relief and reconstruction work.
The deputy commissioner von Kinnaur has been instructed to work closely with the army and the ITBP authorities.
The teams reportedly repaired the water pipe when the accident occurred.