An Indian Army Major and three soldiers attained martyrdom and two Pakistani terrorists were eliminated in an encounter on the Line of Control (LOC) in north Kashmir’s Gurez sector of Bandipora district on Tuesday. Two of the soldiers martyred in line of duty belonged to Uttrakhand.
The encounter broke out around 1 am on Tuesday when eight-odd heavily armed terrorists tried to infiltrate into the Indian territory taking advantage of darkness. The alert soldiers foiled the infiltration bid by the group from the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK).
Army spokesman, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, said the operation was continuing in the Gurez sector, about 125 kms from Srinagar.
A group of terrorists tried to breach the LoC and infiltrate into the Indian territory when the troops retaliated and foiled their infiltration attempt. Other terrorists managed to run back towards POK. However, four soldiers lost their life during the encounter.
The martyred soldiers have been identified as Major Kaustubh Prakash Rane (29), who belonged to Thane in Maharashtra, Rifleman Mandeep Singh (26) of Shivpuri in Uttrakhand, Rifleman Hameer Singh (28), of village Pokhriyal in Uttrakhand and Vikramjeet Singh (25) of village Tepla in the Ambala district of Haryana.
Reports said the terrorists fired at the Army’s 36 Rashtriya Rifles along the LoC in the Nane sector in Baktoor. Two terrorists who were unable to rush back and were hiding in the thickly forested area.