Srinagar, Aug 8: The Army on Wednesday paid floral tribute to four soldiers, including an officer, who were killed in a counter infiltration operation on Tuesday near the Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez sector in north Kashmir.
Defence Ministry spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia told UNI that the Army paid the tribute with full military honour to four of its soldiers, Major Kaustubh Prakash Kumar Rane (Rifleman) Hameer Singh (Rifleman) Mandeep Singh Rawat and Vikram Jeet Singh (gunner) ,who attained martyrdom while battling the infiltrators. Two militants were also killed in the operation.
In a solemn ceremony at Badami Bagh Cantonment Lt Gen A K Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks, paid homage to the martyrs on behalf of a proud nation. In a show of solidarity, Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid and representatives from other security agencies also joined in to pay their last respects, Col Kalia said.
The four soldiers sustained bullet injuries during the fierce operation in Kanzalwan, Gurez of Bandipora district. They were provided immediate first aid and evacuated to 92 Base Hospital but unfortunately succumbed to their injuries.
The Defence Ministry spokesperson said Major Rane (29) had joined the Army in 2011 and hailed from Thane, Maharashtra. He is survived by his wife and a son.
“Rifleman Hameer Singh (28) had joined the Army in 2011 and hailed from Pohkhriyal Gaon, Dunda Tehsil, Uttar Kashi, Uttarakhand. He is survived by his wife and a daughter,” Col Kalia said.
Rifleman Mandeep Singh Rawat (26) joined the Army in 2012. He belonged to village Shivpur of Kotdwar in Uttarakhand and is survived by his mother, the spokesperson added.
Gunner Singh (25) had joined the Army in 2014 and belonged to village Tepla of Brara Tehsil in Ambala, Haryana and is survived by his wife.
The mortal remains were flown to their native places for last rites, where they would be laid to rest with full military honours.
In this hour of grief, the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved families of the martyrs and remains committed to their dignity and well being, Col Kalia said. (UNI)