Date of Birth : May 02, 1974
Last Rank: Major
Unit: 51 RR
Date of Martyrdom: Jan 25, 2017
Major Amit Sagar was serving with High Altitude Warfare School, at Sonmarg in J & K area in 2017. Major Amit Sagar had joined the warfare school few days back after having been transferred from the national capital. Major Sagar who was to be promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in May 2017 was the son of an Army veteran Major Satish Chandra Mathur. Major Amit Sagar, whose family lives in Delhi’s Janakpuri neighborhood is survived by wife Parul Mathur, daughter Rehwa and son Shubh — both students of Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan in Delhi.
A board outside his flat explains the bond he shared with his family members.
“Happiness is homemade. Families are like fudge. Mostly sweet with few nuts,” it reads.
There was heavy snowfall in J & K area in Jan 2017, resulting in multiple avalanches in Jammu and Kashmir. The Chandigarh based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment had warned of avalanches in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh in the last week of Jan 2017. 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 at Sonmarg hit the Army camp of 115 Battalion at about 5:45 AM in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. The avalanche struck two shelters occupied by two officers and four jawans. The soldiers got buried under tonnes of ice. A massive rescue operation was launched by the army and one officer and four soldiers were rescued and sent to the hospital for treatment. However owing to prolonged exposure to extreme cold, Maj Amit Sagar’s condition had deteriorated and he could not be saved. A soldier at heart and an officer par excellence, Maj Amit Sagar laid down his life in the service of the nation.