Service No : 17022069H

Date of Birth : Mar 16, 1992

Birth Place : Jhajjar, Haryana

Service: Army

Last Rank: Craftsman

Unit : 51RR/EME

Arm/Regt : The Corps of Engineers

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Date of Martyrdom: Jan 25, 2017

Craftsman Ankur Singh

Craftsman Ankur Singh hailed from  Jhajjar district in Haryana. During 2017, he was serving with 51 RR unit, deployed in J & K area for counterinsurgency operations.


Gurez sector avalanche: 25 Jan 2017


Craftsman Ankur Singh was one of the 15 soldiers who lost their lives in an avalanche at Gurez sector of North Kashmir on 25th Jan 2017. There was heavy snowfall before the accident, resulting in multiple avalanches in Jammu and Kashmir. The Chandigarh based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment had warned of more avalanches in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh before the accident took place. The first avalanche hit Gurez on 25 of January morning, in which a family of four civilians had died. The second took place around the same time in Sonmarg, chiefly a tourist area, where an army camp was located.


The avalanche that proved deadly for the army hit the post at Neeru village in the night of 25 Jan 2017. The post at Neeru village was located in Tulail area , 25 Kms away from Gurez town in North Kashmir. The place located along the LOC normally remains cut off by road in winters. The avalanche hit the area few hundred meters away from HQs of 51 RR unit and trapped the soldiers, who were on patrol. The army dispatched the rescue teams and seven soldiers could be rescued but, Craftsman Ankur Singh, who had been buried in snow, could not be saved.


Craftsman Ankur Singh is Survived by his wife Priti Sharma.

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