• Saturday, 22 June 2024
After 38 years, a dead Indian soldier was discovered on the

After 38 years, a dead Indian soldier was discovered on the "world's highest battlefield."

The body of an Indian soldier who went missing on a glacier near the disputed border with Pakistan 38 years ago has been discovered.

An Indian Army unit tweeted pictures of Chander Shekhar's coffin wrapped in an Indian flag early Wednesday, two days after India celebrated its 75th anniversary of independence.

According to the Army, Shekhar was deployed for Operation Meghdoot in 1984, when India and Pakistan fought a brief battle for control of the world's highest battlefield, the Siachen Glacier.

Siachen is one of the world's most difficult military deployments, with temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit).

It has long been contested between the nuclear-armed neighbors. It is located in the Himalayan region of Ladakh.

 

According to local media, Shekhar was part of a 20-person group that was caught in an ice storm while on patrol.

According to reports, fifteen bodies were recovered at the time, but the other five, including Shekhar, could not be found.

His final rites will now be carried out with full military honors in Uttarakhand, where his family resides.

 

His four-year-old daughter, who was with him when he went missing, said the family would now have closure.

 

"He's been gone for a long time... Papa has arrived, but I wish he was still alive "Her words were quoted in the Hindustan Times newspaper.

 

Decades after the first battle for Siachen, both India and Pakistan maintain a military presence in the remote area.

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