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Indian Army pays tribute to first Agniveer Gawate Akshay Laxman, who lost life in line of duty

New Delhi | October 22, 2023 2:21:04 PM IST
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The Indian Army on Sunday paid tribute to Gawate Akshay Laxman, the first Agniveer who lost his life in the line of duty amid the treacherous terrains of the Siachen glacier.

"Agniveer (Operator) Gawate Akshay Laxman is the first Agniveer to have laid down his life in operations. He was deployed in the world's highest battlefield Siachen glacier," officials said

The Indian Army's Fire and Fury Corps offered its deepest condolences to the bereaved family.

"Quartered in snow silent to remain, when the bugle calls, they shall rise and march again. All ranks of Fire and Fury Corps salute the supreme sacrifice of Agniveer (Operator) Gawate Akshay Laxman, in the line of duty, in the unforgiving heights of Siachen, and offer deepest condolences to the family," the Fire and Fury Corps posted on X.

The Indian Army in a message on social media post said it stands firm with the bereaved family in this hour of grief.

"General Manoj Pande COAS and All Ranks of the Indian Army salute the supreme sacrifice of Agniveer (Operator) Gawate Akshay Laxman, in the line of duty, in the unforgiving heights of Siachen. The Indian Army stands firm with the bereaved family in this hour of grief," the Indian Army said in a message on its official account on X.

Earlier in June, one Army jawan died while three soldiers sustained injuries in a fire accident in the Siachen glacier, as per the Army.

An Army spokesperson said that Regiment Medical Officer Capt Anshuman Singh succumbed to serious burn injuries during the unfortunate incident.

While three other personnel suffered smoke inhalation and second-degree burns, the officials added

Siachen Glacier is known as the highest-altitude battle site in the world and is situated near the Indo-Pak Line of Control. It is the largest glacier in India and the second-largest in the world. It is the highest battleground on earth. (ANI