Uttarakhand native Subedar Yamuna Prasad Paneru of the Kumaon Regiment lost his life in the line of duty while on a patrol at Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday night. The governor Baby Rani Maurya and chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed grief at his death. Meanwhile, his family living in Haldwani is inconsolable after receiving the news of his demise though they also state that they are proud of his sacrifice.
39 year old Paneru was the first soldier from the sixth Kumaon Regiment to scale Mount Everest. Earlier, during 2002, he succeeded in the army recruitment held at Ranikhet in 2002. As a soldier, he married Mamta in 2010 and they have a seven year old boy and a three year old girl. An adept mountaineer, apart from climbing Mount Everest, he had also scaled Kanchenjunga, Nanda Devi, K2 and other peaks. His elder brother Chandra Prakash Paneru said that they had received a phone call from his unit informing that he had attained martyrdom while on patrol in Kupwara. He recalled that last time Yamuna had returned to Kashmir from Haldwani on October 30, 2019. He was to visit Haldwani during April but was unable to do so due to the lockdown enforced to contain the spread of Covid-19. His family members state that they are proud of his sacrifice.
Saturday, 13 June 2020 | PNS | Haldwani
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