Srinagar: Six soldiers and as many civilians were killed in four avalanches in Jammu and Kashmir since Monday night, police and defence sources said Tuesday.
An avalanche hit Tuesday an Army post in Machil sector along the Line of Control (LoC), trapping five soldiers. A rescue operation was launched but none of the soldiers could be saved, they said.
Another avalanche struck a village in Gagangir area of Ganderbal district Monday night in which five civilians were killed while four others were rescued, police said. Another civilian died in Gurez of Bandipora district.
In the fourth incident, a 29-year-old BSF jawan was killed and six others were rescued after an avalanche hit their post along the LoC in Kashmir’s Naugam sector at 8:30pm Monday.
Officials identified the deceased as constable Ganga Bara of the 77th battalion of the force.
“There were a total of seven troops deployed in the affected area. While six were safely rescued, constable Bara could not be revived even after much effort,” a senior officer of the border guarding force said.
The jawan hails from the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal and had joined the BSF in 2011.
The Border Security Force (BSF) is deployed along the LoC under the operational command of the Army as part of guarding the front against Pakistan.