Missing JCO still untraceable in Arunachal: Army

ITANAGAR, Jun 29: The whereabouts of the army Junior Commission Officer (JCO) who, went missing since June 26 last in Arunachal Pradesh is yet to be established despite, massive search operation being conducted to trace him, a defence spokesman said on Wednesday.

On June 26, during an operational patrol in the forward areas of the remote Lower Subansiri district of the state, Naib Subedar Amrendra Kumar of Red Shield Division, slipped and accidentally fell into a fast flowing mountain stream.

An immediate search operation was launched by search parties in the area along the stream, the spokesman said.

A large number of search operations have since been launched and the scope of search has been expanded to include the downstream flow of the mountain stream. Assistance of local villagers and civil administration is also being taken and they have been incorporated in the efforts to locate the JCO, the spokesman said.

The extensive search operation has continued non-stop, even as extremely rugged terrain, inclement weather and incessant rains have made progress very slow. Notwithstanding, the adverse climatic conditions, all out efforts are being made by deploying all available resources to locate the missing JCO, he added.

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