In a tragic incident in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, two soldiers, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), lost their lives to flash floods triggered by heavy rains. The bodies of the deceased soldiers were recovered, as confirmed by officials on Sunday.
The unfortunate event occurred when the Army personnel were crossing Dogra nallah in the Surankote area. They were caught off guard by a strong current and swept away on Saturday. The victims were identified as Naib Subedar Kuldeep Singh and Lance Naik Telu Ram. Singh’s body was retrieved from the stream on Saturday night, while Ram’s remains were found on Sunday.
The Army paid heartfelt tributes to the brave soldiers who hailed from Punjab. They were on an area domination patrol duty at the time of the incident. The White Knight Corps, also known as the 16 Corps, shared the tragic news on its official Twitter account. It stated that during the patrol in the challenging terrain of Poonch, Lance Naik Telu Ram was swept away by flash floods while crossing a mountainous stream. Naib Subedar Kuldeep Singh, the Patrol leader, also lost his life in a valiant attempt to save Ram.
Naib Subedar Singh was a resident of Chabhal Kalan in Taran Taran, while Lance Naik Ram hailed from Khurali village of Hoshiarpur. The mortal remains of the deceased will be sent to their native places in Punjab following a wreath-laying ceremony, as per a defense spokesman.
The General Officer Commanding of White Knight Corps and all ranks salute the courageous soldiers and stand in solidarity with their grieving families. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the risks and sacrifices our soldiers face while serving the nation, even in times of peace.