Over 200 Indian Army troops trapped in Occupied Kashmir near LoC with Pakistan

NEW DELHI - Over 200 Indian Army troops trapped in Occupied Kashmir near LoC with Pakistan.

200 Indian army troops were rescued and taken to safe shelters as a series of snow slides hit the Khanzalwan area of Gurez sector close to the Line of Control in North Kashmir.

Over the past 48 hours there has been unprecedented heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of Gurez, Bandipur, Kupwara, Naugaon and Baramula areas of North Kashmir where the army is deployed, India Today has reported.

The lowest temperature reported in areas of deployment is - 57 degrees in North Glacier, Siachen.

Over 32 snow slides have been reported in the vicinity of army posts in the last 48 hours. Alert well-rehearsed drills have saved numerous lives and loss to property, said an army officer.

Other than Kanzalwan area of Gurez where soldiers were taken to safety, in Tangdhar Sector, seven soldiers who came under a snow slide were safely rescued by alert soldiers of the rescue team.

Similarly, in the Gulmarg sector a group of soldiers whose shelter came under a snow slide was safely rescued.

In the Naogaon sector, four BSF personnel affected by a snow slide was rescued however one constable suffered a cardiac arrest and succumbed.

In another major snow slide in the Machhil Sector, dedicated rescue teams are currently engaged in the rescue of five soldiers out of which four soldiers have been pulled out of snow.

One soldier is stable, one critical and two soldiers are non-responsive for whom expert medical care is hampered due to inclement weather. Search for one soldier is still in progress as per the last report, said an army official.