In a retaliatory action, two Pakistani soldiers were killed when the Indian troops carried out calibrated operations across the Tangdhar sector of north Kashmir. The retaliatory operation was carried out on Monday night following the killing of an Indian soldier, Pushpendra Singh, due to sniping from a Pakistan picket across the Line of Control (LoC).

Army spokesman Rajesh Kalia said on Tuesday said that the operation was carried out on Monday night in retaliation to the unprovoked ceasefire violations and repeated attempts to facilitate infiltration by Pakistan’s army.

Sepoy Pushpendra Singh was killed on Monday by a Pakistani sniper on the LoC in the Kupwara district when he and his unit challenged a group of infiltrators.  The 28-year-old martyr had joined the Army in 2011. He belonged to Khutiya village of Mathura district in Uttar Pradesh and is survived by his wife and a son.

Army on Tuesday paid tributes to Sepoy Pushpendra Singh at a solemn ceremony in Badami Bagh Cantt, where Lt Gen AK Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks, paid homage to the martyr. In a show of solidarity, representatives from other security agencies also joined in to pay their last respects to the martyr.

Sepoy Pushpendra Singh sustained bullet injury during the gun battle at Tangdhar in Kupwara district. He was provided immediate first aid and evacuated to the 92 Base Hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries.

The mortal remains of the martyr were flown to his native place for cremation.