Shinde and Bahuguna honour soldiers killed in Uttarakhand chopper crash

Dehradun, June 28 (ANI): Twenty soldiers, who lost their lives in Tuesday's chopper crash while rescuing stranded people in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand, were given a 'guard of honour' in Dehradun today.

The 20 brave men-five from IAF, nine from NDRF and six from ITBP-were accorded the honour in the presence of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna and Army Chief General Bikram Singh at a ceremony in Dehradun.

Shinde, who offered his condolences to all the brave hearts, said the 'guard of honour' is a little step from our side to remember their supreme sacrifice for the service of the nation

The Home Minister said that priority would be given to evacuate the sick, old and disabled people, a large number of whom are stranded in the Badrinath area.

Shinde, who also reviewed rescue and relief operations, gave an assurance that IAF choppers will remain in the hill state for another 15 days and continue to provide support. (ANI)

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