Hero Of Ops Meghdoot Jawan’s Body Found 38 Years After He Went Missing In Siachen

New Delhi: It was 1984. A 20-member troop of the Indian Army was dispatched to the world’s highest battlefield for ‘Operation Meghdoot’ to fight Pakistan.

During patrolling, the troop came in the grip of an ice storm and entire troop’s soldiers were killed. The rescue team recovered 15 bodies but five bodies remain untraced.

After 38 years, on 14th August 2022, one of the bodies of an army jawan was found in an old bunker in Siachen and the Sainik Group Centre in Ranikhet on Sunday identified the body as that of Chandrashekhar Harbola of 19 Kumaon Regiment.

Harbola was part of a 20-member troop that was dispatched to the world’s highest battlefield for ‘Operation Meghdoot’ to fight Pakistan in 1984.

According to Army’s Northern Command Chandershekhar was identified with the help of the identification disc bearing his Army number which was entangled along with the mortal remains.

His wife Shanti Devi, originally from Almora, currently lives in Saraswati Vihar Colony here. His body is expected to reach here late on Monday.

Shanti Devi said Harbola had last arrived home in January 1984, during which he had promised to return soon. However, Shanti Devi said she was proud of her husband as he prioritised his service towards the country over the promises made to the family.

Haldwani sub-collector Manish Kumar and tehsildar Sanjay Kumar, who reached Harbola’s house, said his last rites will be performed with full military honours.

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