Army on Monday paid a befitting tribute to Maj Vikas Singh who died after slipping into a gorge in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on 14 April.
“The officer was leading a patrol in the mountainous terrain along line of control in Northern Kashmir. While attempting to save the soldier in front of him who had slipped, the officer lost his footing and fell down the mountain,” said an army spokesman.
Owing to the severity of the fall, he sustained grievous injuries to his head and chest. He was evacuated to 92 Base Hospital for medical treatment, but succumbed to the injuries sustained during the fall, said the spokesman.
Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks paid homage to the slain officer.
In a show of solidarity, representatives from other security agencies also paid their last respects to the officer.
Maj Vikas Singh (29) had joined the Army in 2010. He belonged to Village Tarighat of Ghazipur District of Uttar Pradesh and is survived by his wife and a daughter.
His mortal remains were flown for last rites to his native place, where he would be laid to rest with full military honours, said the spokesman.
In this hour of grief, the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved family and remains committed to their dignity and wellbeing, he said.