New Delhi: Para commando Naik Suraj Pal on Sunday died after his parachute failed to open during a mountain strike exercise in Leh-Ladakh region, sources told ABP News. Suraj Pal was a resident of Hathras in Uttar Pradesh. This is the second incident in a week where an armed forces security personnel lost life as parachute failed to open during a mountain strike exercise.
Last week, a commando was killed in a similar manner during an exercise in the Leh sector.
On August 29, paratrooper Naib Subedar Haribir Singh of Para-SF Battalion was killed during the similar exercise in Leh sector. During this exercise, the paratroopers have to land from the sky through para-jump, but due to some disturbance during the para-jump, the parachute of Naib Subedar Haribir Singh did not open, due to which he could land from the sky. But he fell. He suffered serious injuries after falling on the ground and later died.
Lt Gen Y Dimri, GOC-in-C & all ranks #SuryaCommand, offer deepest condolences to the family of Nk Suraj Pal who laid down his life in the service of the Nation. We salute the resolute courage of the paratrooper and stand by his family in this hour of grief.@adgpi pic.twitter.com/IHmSkPBzvf
— SuryaCommand_IA (@suryacommand) September 10, 2022
The incident comes just a day after Army Chief General Manoj Pande inspected the operation.
On Saturday, in the presence of Army Chief General Manoj Pandey, the Indian Army tested its operational preparedness through mountain strike exercise in Ladakh. The Indian Army issued a brief statement saying that during his two-day visit to the Ladakh sector, Army Chief General Pandey witnessed the mountain-hit manoeuvre.
The Indian Army said that during the exercise, military commanders posted on the border informed the Army Chief about the operational preparedness. General Pandey interacted with the officers and soldiers of the Army and appreciated them for their tenacity and professional standards.