Currently, the soldier Sandeep’s body has reached Srinagar. After the post-mortem, the body will be sent to Delhi, and then it will be brought to his native place Devihalli. The grieving family is awaiting the body from six days.

 

28-year-old Sandeep has joined army despite opposition from his family, and he was serving as a soldier for eight years. Sandeep’s marriage was fixed to a girl residing in Bengaluru, and the ceremony was scheduled to be held in Hassan on February 21.The Kashmir avalanche has killed 21 soldiers so far.

 

Sandeep had visited Devihalli last year in November. The family is inconsolable. On January 27, the family received a phone call at 6.30 am from the army quarters that their son had gone missing from the Gurez Valley in Jammu and Kashmir. After a while, they received the information that he was buried in the avalanche. But the body had not arrived, and there was no information on the body, leaving the grieving the family in a shock.

 

Later, the army gave a clarification that Sandeep’s body was not found and they were making all efforts to search for the body. However, now Sandeep’s body has been found, and the last rites are likely to be held at Devihalli on Tuesday. The Deputy Commissioner V Chaitra visited Sandeep’s family and assured help from the government.

 

However, Sandeep is the second soldier from Karnataka to die in an avalanche.  Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad of Dharwad, an Indian soldier with the 19th battalion of the Madras Regiment of the Indian Army, died on 11 February 2016. Hanumanthappa was buried under an avalanche on February 3 at Siachen Glacier.

 

However, Hanumanthappa was found alive after six days of being under the avalanche. With critical health conditions, he was admitted to the army hospital but breathed his last on February 11 due to multi-organ failure.