Charcoal smoke kills 2 soldiers on LoC


Srinagar, Jan 18: Two Army soldiers died due to asphyxiation on Line of Control (LoC) in Nowgam Sector of Kupwara district Friday morning.
Sources in Army said that two soldiers of 17 JAT Regiment died at Padam Post Friday morning due to asphyxiation resulting from smoke from a charcoal Bukhari. They were identified as Sepoy Ram Chander- No. 15395386 and Naik Suresh Kumar- No. 15718012.
Sources said that due to the smoke, three soldiers in the bunker felt unconscious, however one among them later recovered and two others died. They added that the soldiers could not be shifted to hospital as the area is witnessing heavy snowfall for last two days.
“The area has received more than 10 feet snow and movement of vehicles is impossible. The landing of chopper in the area was also impossible because the area is receiving heavy snowfall for last two days,” a senior Army official told Greater Kashmir adding that bodies of the deceased soldiers are still lying there. “Once there is end to snowfall the bodies would be shifted,” he added.
Meanwhile, Army has advised its soldiers posted on forward posts and on difficult terrain not to venture out in avalanche prone areas.
“Soldiers posted in snow-bound areas of Nowgam, Chowkibal, Machil, Tangdhar and Keran in Kupwara and Gurez sector in Bandipora have been advised not to venture in steep avalanche prone areas,” a senior Army officer said. He said the warning has been issued on the basis of information received from Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) of Army.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 19 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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