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Spine-chilling incident: Indian jawan’s body found 38 years after he went missing in Siachen

In a Spine-chilling incident, The body of Lance Naik Chandra Shekhar, who went missing due to avalanche in Siachen's Gyeongla Glacier under Operation Meghdoot in 1984, has been found. They have been identified by identification-disk.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Haldwani: In a bone-spine chilling incident, The army on Monday paid tribute to the body of Lance Naik Chandra Shekhar, found after 38 years in the Siachen Glacier, in Ladakh. In 1984, Chandra Shekhar had gone missing after an avalanche ie an avalanche in Siachen, the world’s highest battlefield. On this Saturday, a patrolling party of the Indian Army recovered his body during patrol in the glacier. Soon the mortal remains of the Siachen-Warrior will be sent to his native town Haldwani in Uttarakhand where his family lives.

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According to the Northern Command of the Indian Army, on 29 May 1984, a detachment of the Kumaon Regiment was deployed at Gyeongla Glacier in Siachen under Operation Meghdoot. Chandra Shekhar was part of the detachment of the Kumaon Regiment. At the same time, Chandra Shekhar had gone missing due to the avalanche that came there.

Soldier’s body found after 38 years
After 38 years, last week a patrolling contingent of the Indian Army found Chandra Shekhar’s body lying in a hut. It is believed that in the event of an avalanche, Chandra Shekhar would have taken refuge in this hut. But due to the blizzard, this hut must have been buried in heavy snow and must have slipped and reached somewhere else. After 38 years, when the snow was removed from this hut, the body of Chander Shekhar was visible.

According to the Indian Army, Chandra Shekhar’s body was identified from the identification-disc found from his body. Earlier soldiers were given a small special metal disc on which their army number was written. This number was then matched with the army’s record. Only then the body could be identified.

On Monday, senior army officers of the Leh-based Fire and Fury Corps paid tribute to the body. Now the body of Chandra Shekhar will be sent to Haldwani, Uttarakhand. His wife and two daughters live in Haldwani. Actually, in the year 1975, Chandra Shekhar had joined the army. In 1984, the war of Siachen was fought between India and Pakistan. The Indian Army named this mission as Operation Meghdoot. Under this Operation Meghdoot, Chandra Shekhar was deployed in Siachen Glacier.

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