First Visuals of Avalanche Site & Indian Army Martyrs of Gurez and Sonmarg (J&K) Avalanche

NationalDefence Bureau,
New Delhi, 27 January 2017
Indian Army has released the names of all 15 soldiers who sacrificed their lives, while protecting motherland, in two separate avalanches in Gurez and Sonmarg hours before Republic Day. NationalDefence has accessed four pictures of the avalanche hit Gurez sector.
Major Amit Sagar, Nb Sub Aram Singh Gurjar, Havildar Vijar Kumar Shukla, Naik Ajit Singh, Sepoys Anand Gawai, Azad Singh, Devander Kumar Soni, Elaverson B, Nagaraju Mamidi, Sandeep Kumar, Sanju Suresh Khandare,  Samundare Vikas, Sundar Pandi, Sunil Patel and CFN Ankur Singh are those who died in the natural calamity.
“An avalanche struck an Army camp in Gurez sector of J&K on 25 January 2017. Rescue operation were immediately launched in extreme weather bad weather and heavy snow fall. The search operation enable rescue of one JCO and six soldiers while bodies of the three soldiers could only be retrieved today morning”, Northern Command of Indian Army said in a statement issued earlier on 26th January while India was celebrating 68th Republic Day. 
“In another avalanche in the same area yesterday, one army patrol moving towards the post went missing. The area continues to receive heavy snow fall. Braving inhospitable weather conditions, coordinated rescue operations are in progress in which three bodies could be recovered so far. Search operation continues”, the statement read further. 
Indian Army on third day of the avalanche hit successfully retrieved all dead bodies despite the harsh weather conditions.  “The Indian Army rescue team could not sleep for almost three days for ongoing rescue operation”, said an Indian Army source. Indian Army soldiers are trained hard for such eventualities.  
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar expressed grief and condolences to families of Armymen who lost their lives in avalanche in J&K. 
Indian Army is making arrangements to send the bodies to the next of kins of the martyrs for the last rites.  
“The weather in Gurez and Sonamarg area remained packed up today; therefore mortal remains of our martyrs could not be airlifted to Srinagar. Subject to fair weather, all our martyrs will be transported in helicopters from Gurez and Sonamarg to Srinagar tomorrow”.
“Subsequent transportation from Srinagar to Delhi and further to respective native places by IAF fixed wing aircrafts are planned for 29 January (Sunday)”.
On Friday evening, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Goa reportedly said that “with regards to our soldiers martyred in avalanche, I have asked DRDO to prepare a report. There are cracks on far off posts in glaciers due to global warming; We are exploring options if such post can be monitored from a distance”. (updated)

Here is the list of the martyes who sacrificed their lives: 

Nb Sub Aram Singh Gurjar
Date of Birth –  08 Jul 1974
Next of Kin – Smt Bimlesh (Wife)
Details of Children
Minisha  (16 Yr) Daughter
Sanjay Singh (14 Yr) Son
Rajkumari  (13 Yr) Daughter
Samita  (11 Yr) Daughter
Avadhesh  (08 Yr) Son
Resident of district  – Karoli in  Rajasthan.
Major Amit Sagar
DOB  : 02 May 1974
Next of Kin
Mrs Parul (Wife)
Children :  
Daughter (18 years)
Son (12 Years) 
Home Address
Resident of Janakpuri in New Delhi
Sep Anand Gawai
Date of Birth – 24 Apr 1990
Next of Kin
Smt Gaukarha Gawai (Mother)
Resident of Akola, Maharashtra
Hav Vijay Kumar Shukla
Date of Birth – 21 Feb 1983
Next of Kin
Smt Manorama (Wife)
Children:  Yashi Shukla (07 Yrs) Daughter   
Resident of Murena, MP
Nk Ajit Singh
Date of Birth – 12 Jun 1981
Next of Kin – Smt Priampdhi Singh (Wife)
Children – 
Aryan  (Son) 9 yrs
Pratap (Son) 7 Yrs
Resident of Azamgarh, UP

Sep Azad Singh
Date of Birth-  01 Jul 1985
Next of Kin – Smt Pushpa Yadav (Wife) 
Details of Children
Pranashi (08 Yr) Daughter
Divyanshi (04 Yr) Daughter
Resident of Farukkhbad, UP
Sep Devander Kumar Soni
Date of Birth –  10 Jul 1990
Next of Kin – Smt Laxmi Soni (Mother)
Resident of Shahdol, MP
Sep Elaverson B
Date of Birth – 30 Jul 1989
Next of Kin – Smt Amatha (Mother)
Resident of Thanjaur, Tamilnadu
Sep Nagaraju Mamidi
Date of Birth – 28 Feb 1990
Next of Kin –   Smt M Anushka (Wife)
Resident of Vijaynagar, Andhara Pradesh
Sep Sandeep Kumar
Date of Birth – 21 Jul 1989
Next of Kin – Smt Ganjavathi (Mother)
Resident of Hassan, Karnataka
Sep Sanju Suresh Khandare
Date of Birth – 23 May 1990
Next of Kin – Smt Sheetal Sanju Khendru 
Resident of Akola, Maharashtra
Sep Samundare Vikas
Date of Birth –  05 Jan 1990
Next of Kin –  Smt  Samundare Jandvi Pandurang (Mother)
Resident of Beed, Maharashtra
Cfn  Ankur Singh
Date of Birth – 16 Mar 1992 
Next of Kin – Priti Sharma (Wife)
Resident of Jhazzar, Haryana
Sep Sunil Patel
Date of Birth – 25 Jul 1992
Next of Kin – Smt Pritibha Ben (Wife)
Details of Children – Ardi Ben (02 Yrs) Daughter 
Resident of Panchmahal, Gujarat
Sep Sundar Pandi
Date of Birth – 08 Jun 1991
Next of Kin –  Smt Tamilselvi  (Mother)
Resident of Madurai, Tamilnadu
Watch the video of avalanche site and martyrs who lost their lives in avalanches in Gurez and Sonmarg sector in J&K at video url:

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