A six-day long search for an Army officer, who went missing during a training drill of commandos of the Army’s special forces, ended late on Tuesday as his body was found in Kaylana Lake in Jodhpur.
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Captain Ankit Gupta of the 10 Para (Special Forces) unit of the Army had jumped into the lake from a helicopter with some fellow personnel during an exercise last Thursday.
While the others resurfaced immediately after jumping into the water, Captain Gupta failed to show up, thereby triggering the search operation.
The six-day-long search operation in the lake was one of the longest such operations, in which a special camera team, the Marcos unit of the Navy, the NDRF, the SDRF, a Civil Defence team, private local divers as well as divers and experts from the Army and the police tirelessly embarked upon a mission to search the drowned officer day and night.
The Navy’s marine commandos (Marcos) had joined the search operation in 46 feet deep water to find the missing captain. An inquiry has been ordered into the incident claiming the life of the officer.
A team of 20 experts with special cameras was also deployed on Monday to enable viewing through the muddy water of the lake.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Neeraj Sharma said the body of Captain Ankit Gupta was recovered from the Kalyana lake at about 3 pm and was immediately taken to the Military Hospital.
Captain Ankit Gupta had married just less than three months ago and had returned to complete his special training after his wedding. Captain Ankit Gupta hailed from Gurgaon, Haryana and his family members had arrived in Jodhpur on Saturday after he went missing.
Rajiv Gandhi police station SHO Soni had said that some officers from the Special Forces tried to locate him on their own when he did not come up along with other trainees, but when they failed to do it, they informed their seniors who rushed to the lake and a search operation involving experts was launched.
The depth of the lake is 60 feet but there is about 46 feet of water currently. The bed of the Kaylana lake is not flat but rocky and there is a lot of underwater weeds and vegetation.