Zero battle casualty in Siachen

By agencies   |   Wednesday, 28 September 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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SIACHEN: Siachen Glacier, the worldÂ’s highest and coldest battlefield on earth has achieved the distinction of not having a single casualty in the 21 months since ceasefire was called.

Siachen Glacier, in the Kashmir region has claimed nearly 2100 Indian soldiers since its takeover in 1984.

"We have lost 2,100 men in Siachen Glacier sector since its takeover under Operation Meghdoot in 1984.” “The daily cross-border shelling and harsh climate took its toll of Army men. But this time, there was zero battle casualty due to the 21-month Indo-Pak border truce amid total peace and tranquility," a defense source said.

“There have been no casualties on account of shelling and firing as guns on both sides of LOC in Siachen and elsewhere have fallen silent. There were no violations of the ceasefire.”

Siachen has accounted for only a few deaths since the truce due to harsh climate and glaciated terrain. But with the passage of time and improvement in living conditions and equipment, deaths due to the climate have drastically reduced.

The Indian soldiers stationed in the glacier have access to snow scooters, winter clothing and communication, and pre-fabricated tunnels with a specific temperature.

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