Siachen costs Army dearly; 14 soldiers die in 2 months

“No proposal of withdrawal, first priority is to hold ground”

ABID BASHIR
Srinagar, Publish Date: Mar 3 2016 12:00AM | Updated Date: Mar 3 2016 12:00AM
Siachen costs Army dearly; 14 soldiers die in 2 monthsFile Photo
The world’s highest battlefield, Siachen Glacier in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, is of late costing the army “very dearly” as 14 soldiers died in last two months while 41 died in last three years. On Wednesday, a porter also died at the glacier. The army, however, asserts that Siachen is of great importance for it and “for the army, first priority is to hold ground.”
A defence spokesman said that a porter hired by the army to work at Siachen was found dead five days after he fell into a crevasse. He said the army had launched a massive operation to rescue the porter Thukjay Gyasket, 40, a resident of Sasoma, Leh, from a 200-feet deep crack in Siachen’s northern glacier. “The team recovered the body on Wednesday,” the spokesperson said. 
Recently, 10 soldiers including a Junior Commissioned Officer were buried in snow after an avalanche hit their post located 19,000 feet above the sea level on the southern side of the glacier. Six days later, one of the army personnel Lance Naik Hanumanthapa Koppad was found alive but he succumbed to multiple-organ failure on February 11 at an army hospital in New Delhi.
According to the data available with Greater Kashmir, guarding Siachen has been turning a big challenge for the army. From January 1 to February 18 this year, 14 soldiers died at Siachen. In 2013, 10 soldiers died due to avalanche. Eight died in year 2014 and nine in 2015.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Spokesman of Srinagar-based Army’s 15 Corps, Lt Colonel N N Joshi said that weather conditions are being constantly monitored with latest equipment at the Siachen and the soldiers deployed there are informed accordingly. “We can predict natural calamities but can’t prevent them. For the army, holding ground is the top priority.” On whether army can go for troop-withdrawal at the Siachen to avoid deaths, Joshi said: “There have been tragic incidents happening at the Siachen since long, but they can’t be linked with troop withdrawal.”
Sources in the army said that the frequent deaths of soldiers due to avalanches at the Siachen are “definitely a serious concern”, but their is a “threat perception.” 
“There is every apprehension that Pakistan may play a spoilsport if Defence Ministry withdraws its men from Siachen,” a source in the Ministry of Defence revealed.
Defence Minister Manohar Parikar recently ruled out withdrawal of troops from Siachen. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had suggested in 2005 that the world's highest battlefield be converted into a "peace mountain" without redrawing the boundaries between India and Pakistan.
Colonel S D Goswami, Spokesman of Udhampur-based Army’s northern command, said that various modern technological equipment is being utilized by Army for surveillance in Siachen which includes Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and different types of Radars. “Only required forces have been deployed (at Siachen) keeping in view the threat perception, ground situation and other operational aspects,” he said.
He said that the soldiers deployed at Siachen glacier are provided with extreme cold climate clothing which includes trousers, jackets, gloves, sun glasses etc. to withstand extreme temperatures. “There is constant effort to provide better and more comfortable equipments to the troops based on requirement felt and user feedback,” he said in a statement. He said that soldiers deployed at Siachen are provided pre-fabricated insulated shelters (Fibre Reinforced Plastic) at certain locations wherein due to terrain configuration and altitude it is not possible to construct integrated shelters.”
 

Latest News

  1. Budgam gunfight ends, three militants killed
  2. Budgam gunfight ends, three militants killed
  1. Heavy rain, snow likely in next 24 hours in Jammu and Kashmir
  2. Heavy rain, snow likely in next 24 hours in Jammu and Kashmir
  1. Rohingyas fleeing India stranded in no man's land on Bangladesh border
  2. Rohingyas fleeing India stranded in no man's land on Bangladesh border
  1. School building damaged in Doda landslide
  2. School building damaged in Doda landslide
  1. Budgam gunfight: Militant killed, fresh exchange of fire reported
  2. Budgam gunfight: Militant killed, fresh exchange of fire reported
  1. Seven gamblers arrested in north Kashmir along with stake money: Police
  2. Seven gamblers arrested in north Kashmir along with stake money: Police
  1. Was attacked by corporators backed by RSS, BJP: SMC deputy Mayor
  2. Was attacked by corporators backed by RSS, BJP: SMC deputy Mayor
  1. 4 flights cancelled, 11 delayed due to bad weather in Kashmir
  2. 4 flights cancelled, 11 delayed due to bad weather in Kashmir
  1. Budgam gunfight triggers shutdown, clashes in Pulwama
  2. Budgam gunfight triggers shutdown, clashes in Pulwama
  1. Another PDP functionary from Srinagar resigns from party
  2. Another PDP functionary from Srinagar resigns from party
  1. Unfortunate killings of Kashmiri Pandits dubbed as genocide, but no word on Gaw Kadal massacre: Er Rasheed
  2. Unfortunate killings of Kashmiri Pandits dubbed as genocide, but no word on Gaw Kadal massacre: Er Rasheed
  1. Budgam gunfight: Nothing clear yet, says DIG central Kashmir
  2. Budgam gunfight: Nothing clear yet, says DIG central Kashmir
  1. Gaw Kadal massacre painful reminder of huge human cost Kashmiris pay under forcible control: Mirwaiz
  2. Gaw Kadal massacre painful reminder of huge human cost Kashmiris pay under forcible control: Mirwaiz
  1. PDP Amira Kadal zone committee members resign
  2. PDP Amira Kadal zone committee members resign
  1. 9/11 attack derailed Indian army’s 'operation Kabbadi' to capture Pakistani posts along LoC: Book
  2. 9/11 attack derailed Indian army’s 'operation Kabbadi' to capture Pakistani posts along LoC: Book
  1. Lal Chowk, adjoining areas shut on 29th anniversary of Gaw Kadal massacre
  2. Lal Chowk, adjoining areas shut on 29th anniversary of Gaw Kadal massacre
  1. Jammu and Kashmir Police launches special drive against child labour in Katra, rescues 7 children
  2. Jammu and Kashmir Police launches special drive against child labour in Katra, rescues 7 children
  1. SMC deputy mayor assaulted during councillor meet
  2. SMC deputy mayor assaulted during councillor meet
  1. PDD employee electrocuted to death in north Kashmir’s Baramulla
  2. PDD employee electrocuted to death in north Kashmir’s Baramulla
  1. NHM employees protest in Bandipora to press for regularization of services
  2. NHM employees protest in Bandipora to press for regularization of services
  1. Moderate to heavy snow, rain forecast for Jammu and Kashmir
  2. Moderate to heavy snow, rain forecast for Jammu and Kashmir
  1. Jammu and Kashmir: Vaishno Devi pilgrim dies in Reasi
  2. Jammu and Kashmir: Vaishno Devi pilgrim dies in Reasi
  1. Filipino Muslims vote in referendum on autonomous region
  2. Filipino Muslims vote in referendum on autonomous region
  1. World's 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%: Oxfam
  2. World's 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%: Oxfam
  1. Jammu-Srinagar highway closed after fresh snowfall
  2. Jammu-Srinagar highway closed after fresh snowfall
  1. Gaw Kadal massacre anniversary: JKLF chief Yasin Malik arrested
  2. Gaw Kadal massacre anniversary: JKLF chief Yasin Malik arrested
  1. Charar-e-Sharif gunfight fallout: Internet snapped in Budgam
  2. Charar-e-Sharif gunfight fallout: Internet snapped in Budgam
  1. Gunfight breaks out in Charar-e-Sharif woods in central Kashmir's Budgam
  2. Gunfight breaks out in Charar-e-Sharif woods in central Kashmir's Budgam
x
This site uses cookies to deliver our services and to show you relevant news and ads. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Service.That's Fine