Jammu, Jan 2: The Army on Thursday paid tributes to two soldiers who attained martyrdom in a gun battle in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. Naik Sawant Sandip Raghunath and Rifleman Arjun Thapa Magar attained martyrdom in the intervening night of 31 December and 01 January during exchange of fire with heavily armed terrorists in a forest in Naushera Sector.
Twenty-nine-year-old Naik Sawant Sandip Raghunath belonged to Village Munde,Tehsil Karhad, District Satara, Maharashtra and is survived by his wife Smita Sawant. Rifleman Arjun Thapa Magar (25) years belonged to Village Rip, District Gorkha, Nepal and is survived by his wife, Sarita Thapa Magar. A wreath laying ceremony with full military honours was organised at Air Force Station, Jammu.
Deputy GOC Tiger Division, Station Commander Nagrota Military Garrison, Station Commander Air Force Station Jammu and other dignitaries laid wreath and paid tributes. The mortal remains of the martyred soldiers are being flown to their respective native villages wherein their last rites will be carried out with full military honours.
Naik Sawant Sandip Raghunath and Rifleman Arjun Thapa Magar were brave, highly motivated and sincere soldiers. The nation will always remain indebted to them for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty. (UNI)