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‘Helped army strengthen defensive posture’: General Bipin Rawat expresses sympathy for the death of Siachen hero


The Chief of Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat, mourned the death of Colonel Narendra Kumar (retired), a former mountaineer who did immensely in helping India secure the Siachen Glacier.

“On the passing of Colonel Narendra ‘Bull’ Kumar, we convey our condolences. A soldier whose determination and desire to scale high mountain peaks led to discoveries that helped the Army occupy places that helped us strengthen our defensive posture, ”said General Rawat.

Awarded the Padma Shri, Arjun, and Kirti Chakra award, India’s second highest peacetime gallantry award, Kumar was fondly known as “Bull” in the military.

“Our firm stance on Saltoro Ridge and other areas of Ladakh is part of your adventure travel. His name will be forever engraved in the rich history of our Army, ”added General Rawat’s Chief.

The missing officer had reported Pakistani military activity on the Siachen glacier, after which the army launched Operation Meghdoot in April 1984 to secure the glacier.

“First to report on Pakistani antics in Siachen by sending patrol and mountaineering expeditions to the Glacier area. Thus, India was able to anticipate Pakistan’s attempt to occupy Saltoro Range … Greetings! Former Army Chief General Vice President Malik (retired) tweeted Thursday.

Kumar died at the age of 87 on Thursday from an age-related illness at the Army Research and Reference Hospital.

Hindustan Times