’41 army soldiers died at Siachen since 2013′
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’41 army soldiers died at Siachen since 2013′

Around 41 army personnel on duty at Siachen Glacier have died since 2013, disclosed a written reply presented by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar informed the raja Sabha today.

Around 41 army personnel on duty at Siachen Glacier have died since 2013, disclosed a written reply presented by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar informed the raja Sabha today. 

He said 10 soldiers died in the year 2013, 8 in the year 2014, 9 during 2015 and 14 till February 18 this year. On safety measures taken by the army in the tough terrain of Siachen, he said various modern equipments are being used by army for surveillance, which include Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), different types of radars and other tools. 

"Efforts are being made to continuously upgrade the equipment for avalanche rescue, mobility and communication to enhance capability for avalanche rescue and survival in glaciated areas", he said. reply stated.

In reply to query about the total number of personnel deployed on the Siachen Glacier, he said that only required forces have been deployed 'keeping in view the threat perception, ground situation and other operational aspects'.

Pertinently, last month, the Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basith had asked India to demilitarize the Siachen border. The Pak high commission proposal had come in the backdrop of death of 10 soldiers after an avalanche hit an Indian army post in Siachen area.

However the proposal of the Pakistan High Commissioner to withdraw troops from Siachen was rejected by Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

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