Siachen Tragedy: Mortal Remains Of 9 Soldiers Yet To Be Airlifted

12/02/2016 10:29 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Pakistan army soldiers involved in a rescue work after a massive avalanche which buried 140 people including 129 Pakistani soldiers last week at the Siachen glacier in Pakistan, on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Pakistan's army chief called for the peaceful resolution of Himalayan glacier dispute with rival nuclear power India. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

SRINAGAR -- The mortal remains of nine soldiers, who were buried alive by an avalanche in the Siachen Glacier, are yet to be airlifted from Siachen, said the Northern Command in a release on Thursday.

"We continue to wait for favourable weather so that the mortal remains can be transported on helicopters," it said.

Elucidating the basic plan, the Northern Command said the mortal remains will be transported from Siachen to Hunder, a place near Partapur in Siachen, on helicopters.

At Hunder, the mortal remains will be embalmed and after certain formalities, a quick wreath laying ceremony will be done. Thereafter, all mortal remains will be transported to Delhi from Thoise in an IAF aircraft, it said.

"In Delhi, another wreath laying ceremony is planned, following which the bodies of the nine martyrs will be transported to their home towns," said the Northern Command.

The lone survivor of the Siachen Glacier Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad died on Thursday after almost a week-long battle.

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