Srinagar, Apr 8: The Army on Wednesday paid rich tribute to five soldiers, who were martyred in an encounter which ensued after alert troops foiled an infiltration bid from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in Keran sector in north Kashmir district of Kupwara on Sunday. Five heavily-armed infiltrators were also killed in the gunfight.
An Army official told UNI that SubedarSanjeev Kumar, HavildarDavendra Singh, Paratrooper BalKrishan, Paratrooper Amit Kumar and Paratrooper Chhatrapal Singh, who attained martyrdom on Sunday in the gunfight at LoC in Keran sector, were on Wednesday paid a befitting tribute by the Army in a solemn ceremony at BadamiBagh Cantonment. “General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 15 Corps (Chinar Corps), Lt Gen BS Raju and all ranks paid homage to the soldiers on behalf of a proud nation,” he said.
The Army official said that the mortal remains of the martyrs would be flown for last rites to their native places, where they would be laid to rest with full military honours. A defence ministry spokesperson said that four soldiers under the command of a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) from one of the most professional Para SF Units were heli-dropped near the LoC after information on the infiltrators was received,' adding an intense hand-to-hand battle ensued and all five militants were killed.
However, he said in this battle Army lost five of its best soldiers, three on the site and two more succumbed while they were airlifted to a nearby military hospital. (UNI)