New Delhi: Two soldiers from Punjab were killed after being hit by an avalanche in Siachen glacier, officials said on Tuesday.
While sepoy Prabhjit Singh hailed from Hakamwala village in Mansa district, sepoy Amardeep Singh was a native of Karamgarh village in Barnala district. Both were serving in 21 Punjab.
Prabhjit is survived by his parents and an elder brother and Amardeep by his father and a younger sister. Their mortal remains will reach their native villages from Leh on Tuesday.
Punjab chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced ex gratia compensation of ₹50 lakh, along with a government job each to the family of soldiers.
Extending his sympathies with the bereaved families, Amarinder said their utmost dedication to defend country’s unity and integrity, even putting their lives to risk would inspire their fellow soldiers to perform their duties with far more devotion and commitment.