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Siachen jawan’s body found

Silchar, Dec. 24: The body of army jawan Ajit Chutia, 29, who was swept away in an avalanche at Siachen on the Indo-Pakistan border in the Kashmir Valley on December 16, along with six of his comrades while on patrolling duty there, was recovered last Thursday.

The victim hailed from Adharkona village near Badarpur town in Karimganj district.

He is survived by his wife, two children, his mother and two siblings.

The army headquarters in New Delhi conveyed the news to the jawan’s family yesterday at their residence with a condolence note.

Family sources told this correspondent today that the jawan was found buried under a 50-foot deep mountain crevice in Siachen.

The air force and army choppers later joined the search for the missing jawan, initially undertaken by the mountain infantrymen.

The team spotted the jawan’s body lying near the crevice.

Sources added that the body would be flown to Guwahati and then taken to Morigaon where his family resides.

An official in Karimganj district said a ceremonial cremation service would take place in Morigaon tomorrow, following a guard of honour.