Dehradun: As per the latest update, one solider from Uttarakhand has been traceless for about a fortnight, while another soldier assigned to the same forward position has also gone missing.
The two jawans, Naik Prakash Singh Rana and Lance Naik Harender Singh, both from Ukhimath in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district, are believed to have fallen into a fast-flowing river in the forward region of the Kajab Valley in Arunachal Pradesh’s Anjaw district, where they were posted.
While Prakash is most likely to have fallen into the river by accident, Harender met the same fate while trying to save his colleague.
Both the army men are from the 7th battalion of Garhwal Rifles and have gone missing since May 28. A search operation has been going on war footing to find them. Aerial surveillance and tracker dogs have been pressed into service to trace the missing army men.
Mamta Rana, Prakash’s wife, confirmed on Sunday that she had been informed in the latest communication from the Army that on May 28, Prakash lost his balance and fell into a river.
Mamta added that officials from her husband’s battalion are in touch with her and she was last updated on June 11 evening by a subedar-major. “They told me that seeing Prakash fall into the river, Harender also jumped in to save him but was likely swept away.”
There has been no report of either of the missing soldiers since May 28. One of their colleagues last saw them at a forward post in the Kajab valley.
Meanwhile, speaking about the matter, Ajay Bhatt, minister of state for defence, said, “The Army, with the help of local authorities in Arunachal Pradesh, has been carrying out all efforts to find the missing soldiers.”