Indian Army Lost 163 Personals At Siachen In Last 10 Years: Nirmala Sitharaman

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The Army lost 163 personnel deployed at the Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battlefield, during the last 10 years, according to details provided by Defence Minister.

Six officers were among the army personnel who lost their lives while guarding the glacier which is at an altitude of above 20,000 ft.

Defence minister gave year-wise details on the deaths in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

The Siachen Glacier in the Karakorum range is known as the highest militarised zone in the world where the soldiers have to battle frostbite and high winds.

Avalanches and landslides are common at the glacier during the winter and temperatures can drop to as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius.

India and Pakistan started deploying troops at the strategically key glacier in 1984.

“Indian Army soldiers deployed in extremely harsh terrain and weather conditions are suitably equipped and properly trained to undertake operational challenges and carry out their mandated tasks,” defence minister said.

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