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Army pays tributes to soldiers killed in Gurez encounter
SRINAGAR, Aug 8 : Army today paid tribute to four of its officials who were killed during an encounter to foil infiltration bid yesterday in Gurez sector. Two militants were also killed in the incident.

Giving details, a defence spokesman in a statement said, “In a solemn ceremony at Badami Bagh Cantonment here, Lt Gen AK Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks, paid homage to the martyrs on behalf of a proud nation. In a show of solidarity, SP Vaid, DGP Jammu and Kashmir police and representatives from other security agencies also joined in to pay their last respects.”

He added that Major Kaustubh Prakash Kumar Rane, Rifleman Hameer Singh, Rifleman Mandeep Singh Rawat and Gunner Vikram Jeet Singh 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 succumbed to their injuries.

“Major Kaustubh Prakash Kumar Rane, SM, 29 years of age, had joined the Army in 2011 and hailed from Thane, Maharashtra. He is survived by his wife and a son. Rifleman Hameer Singh, 28 years of age, 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,” the spokesman said.

He added that Rifleman Mandeep Singh Rawat was 26 years in age and had joined the army in 2012. He belonged to Village Shivpur of Kotdwar in Uttarakhand and is survived by his mother.

Gunner Vikram Jeet Singh, was 25 years of age and had joined the army in 2014. He belonged to Village Tepla of Brara Tehsil in Ambala, Haryana and is survived by his wife.

According to him, their mortal remains were flown for last rites to their native places, 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,” the statement said.

News Updated at : Thursday, August 9, 2018
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