Army pays tributes to its slain pilot

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Army pays tributes to its slain pilot

Srinagar, Mar 12: The Army on Saturday paid rich tributes to Major Sankalp Yadav who was killed in a helicopter crash and Lance Havildar Bhonde Chandrasekhar Rupchand who died in a road accident in the line of duty in Jammu and Kashmir.

“In a solemn ceremony at BB Cantt, Army commander, Northern Command, Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi and all ranks paid homage to the gallant soldiers on behalf of the proud nation,” a defence spokesman said.

He said Maj Yadav was killed when an Army Cheetah helicopter crashed on Friday in Baraub area of Gurez in Bandipora district while on a routine mission to evacuate an ailing soldier from a forward post.

Maj Yadav (29) was commissioned into the Indian Army in 2015. He hailed from Jaipur in Rajasthan. The braveheart is survived by his father.

Lance Havildar Rupchand was on a quick reaction team duty when the vehicle he was travelling in met with an accident near Kalaroos in Kupwara, the spokesman said.

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