Srinagar, Dec 17: The body of a soldier, who went missing after slipping from a mountain following heavy snowfall at Nowgam sector in frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara on December 12, was recovered on Sunday.
Meanwhile, search is on the trace four other soldiers — one in Nowgam sector and three troopers who went missing after a snow avalanche hit a forward post of Army in Gurez sector in north Kashmir district of Bandipora on December 12.
Defence Ministry spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that body of one of the two soldiers, who went missing in Nowgam sector during a routine patrolling, was recovered from under several feet of snow.
He said search operation continued for the second missing soldier.
Army sources said that the martyred soldier has been identified as Sepoy Koushal Singh.
Meanwhile, they said search operation continued to trace the three soldiers, who went missing after a snow avalanche hit Army’s Mani Post at Bagtoo in Gurez sector on December 12.
There was very less chance of their survival after remaining buried under several feet snow for the sixth day today, they added.
A porter working with Army slipped to death from a mountain top due to slippery conditions following fresh snowfall in border town of Gurez on December 11.
In January this year, 14 soldiers were killed in two snow avalanches which hit an Army post and patrol party in Gurez sector.