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4 Indian Army jawans martyred, 2 porters killed as avalanche hits patrol in Siachen



New Delhi: Four soldiers martyred and two civilian porters died after they were trapped in an avalanche on the Siachen Glacier’s northern sector on Monday.

According to the officials, eight personnel were trapped in an avalanche at around 3 p.m. and the Avalanche Rescue Teams from nearby posts were rushed to the location to pull them out.

The rescuers managed to extricate all the eight personnel from under the debris and seven critically injured persons, accompanied by medical teams providing critical care, were evacuated by helicopters to the nearest Military Hospital, where all life saving resuscitation measures were instituted.

Despite best efforts, six persons — four soldiers and two civilian porters — succumbed to extreme hypothermia, officials said.

“The soldiers were part of a patrol. They had been trapped at a height of between 18,000 and 19,000 feet above sea level after they were hit by a snow avalanche,” a senior Army officer said.

The Siachen is the world’s highest battlefield. On a visit to Ladakh last month, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had announced the reopening of the glacier for tourists.


Nirbhaya”s killers fate to be decided on Dec 18: Court




New Delhi: As Nirbhaya”s parents moved the Patiala House Court on Friday seeking to expedite the execution of their daughter”s killers seven years since the brutal crime, the Delhi court said it will wait for the Supreme Court”s order taht will be hearing the matter as well on December 17.

Judge Satish Kumar Arora said the matter can be passed after the apex court hearing ends. The top court will on Tuesday take up a review petition of Akshay, one of the December 16 gang rape accused.

Reprimanding A.P. Singh, advocate for the convict, the judge said: “Aren”t you making it an endless exercise?”

The next date of hearing is December 18.

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