The avalanche had struck a patrol party at Siachen glacier in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday. While, 15 soldiers were rescued, Regimental Medical Officer Captain Ashwani (26) could not be saved and his body was retrieved and brought here.

The body of Captain Kumar of 3 Ladakh Scouts, was brought to his residence in Shanti Nagar here this afternoon where his parents and younger brother were inconsolable.

The cremation was attended by people from all walks of life. Army officials gave a rifle salute by firing several rounds in the air in honour of the soldier.

Born on August 27, 1989, Captain Kumar, a bachelor, completed his MBBS from Government Medical College, Patiala, and was commissioned into the Army on January 6, 2015.

Though Captain Ashwani Kumar had made it to the Indo-Tibetan Borden Police and Railways Department as well, he had chosen the Army.

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