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Missing Indian Army officer found dead in Congo

New Delhi | An Army officer who went missing on Saturday in the Republic of Congo has been found dead, one kilometre from the island.

The body was found on Thursday after days of intense search operation for which boats and helicopters were deployed.

Lt Col Gaurav Solanki had gone kayaking with a group of officers and all of them returned except Solanki. “After kayaking near Tchegera Island in Lake Kivu near Goma, all returned but the officer did not,” said one of the officers.

In the foreign region, Congo has the largest deployment of Indian forces for the UN Peacekeeping Mission.

In 2014 India was the third largest troop contributor with 7,860 personnel deployed with 10 UN Peacekeeping Missions of which 995 are police personnel, including the first Female Formed Police Unit under the UN.

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