Overall, 869 Indian troops died serving at the Glacier between 1984 and December 2015, according to data presented in the Lok Sabha.

The death of 10 soldiers of the Madras regiment on February 3, 2016 – buried under an avalanche that struck their post at an altitude of 20,500 feet – and three others this year brings India's Siachen casualties to 883.

The toll includes 33 officers, 54 junior commissioned officers and 782 other ranks. The number of troops killed in Siachen has declined steadily, from 24 in 2011 to 5 in 2015, according to Lok Sabha data.

All of these are a result of avalanches or extreme climatic conditions, not enemy fire. The deaths this year were from avalanches.

"The decision on Siachen is based on the security of the nation", said Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar recently.

"I am disturbed by the loss of life, but I think that due to this, some other solution (withdrawal) would not be the proper analysis", he added.

India has spent Rs. 6,566 ($4.5 billion) crore between 2012-13 and 2014-15 on clothing and mountaineering equipment – much of it imported – for soldiers at Siachen.

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