National Defence Bureau,
Tezpur, 12 February 2021Tezpur, 12 Feb 22: Wreath laying ceremony of Hav Jugal Kishore, Rfn Arun Kattal, Rfn Akshay Pathania, Rfn Vishal Sharma, Rfn Rakesh Singh, Rfn Ankesh Bhardwaj and Gnr (TA) Gurbaj Singh of Indian Army who made supreme sacrifice in the line of duty took place at Tezpur Air Force Station on Saturday. General Officer Commanding, Gajraj Corps Lt Gen Ravin Khosla, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM and other military officials paid last respects to the bravehearts. After the ceremony the mortal remains were sent to Akhnoor, Kathua, Dharkalan, Khour, Bajinath, Kangra, Ghamarwin and Batala; their native places in the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Bravehearts were part of a patrol which was struck by an avalanche in the High Altitude Area of Kameng Sector in Arunachal Pradesh on 06 February 2022. Search and rescue operations were launched immediately including airlifting of specialised teams. The rescue teams, displaying highest degree of camaraderie and esprit-de-corps, recovered their fallen brothers under hostile weather conditions in an area located at an altitude of 14500 feet which has treacherous terrain and high peaks. The area of incident was witnessing heavy snowfall and inclement weather since last few days which made the rescue operations more challenging for the specialised teams tasked to locate and recover the Bravehearts.
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