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Uttarakhand jawan, missing since six months near LoC in Kashmir, declared ‘martyr’ by Army

An Indian Army (36) jawan, who went missing in January during a patrolling duty near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, has been declared a “martyr” by the security forces after all efforts to locate him failed, his family members said on Tuesday.

The martyred jawan is identified as Havildar Rajendra Singh Negi, a Dehradun resident, who had gone missing on January 8 during a patrolling duty at Gulmarg in Kashmir Valley, when he reportedly slipped amid heavy winter snow and fell on the Pakistani side across the LoC.

Havildar Negi was attached to the Indian Army’s 11 Garhwal Rifles since 2001.

“We received the information through a letter on June 21 about the Indian Army declaring him a martyr after failing to find him,” said Rajeshwari Negi, his wife.

“But I am not ready to accept my husband is a martyr because there is no proof of his death,” she said.

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