Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday described as “deeply disturbing and painful” the killing of 5 safety personnel together with a embellished colonel and a significant in an anti-terror operation in Handwara space of north Kashmir.
Chief of Defence Employees Gen Bipin Rawat, paying wealthy tributes to the deceased personnel, stated the operation in Handwara highlighted the dedication of the safety forces to safeguard the lives of the individuals of Kashmir.
Col Ashutosh Sharma, the commanding officer of the 21 Rashtriya Rifles battalion, was amongst these killed within the encounter which started on Saturday and continued until late final evening.
Col Sharma, a gallantry awardee, was a part of a lot of profitable counter-terror operations in Kashmir.
The opposite personnel killed within the encounter are Main Anuj Sood, Naik Rakesh Kumar, Lance Naik Dinesh Singh and Sub-Inspector of Jammu and Kashmir Police Shakeel Qazi, in line with officers.
The operation was launched following inputs that a lot of civilians had been being held hostage in a home in Changimulla locality of Handwara. Two terrorists had been killed within the operation, in line with Military officers.
“The lack of our troopers and safety personnel in Handwara (J&Okay) is deeply disturbing and painful. They confirmed exemplary braveness of their battle in opposition to the terrorists and made supreme sacrifice whereas serving the nation. We’ll always remember their bravery and sacrifice,” the defence minister tweeted.
“I provide my tributes to the troopers and safety personnel who fell in motion. My coronary heart goes out to the households who misplaced their family members at the moment. India stands shoulder to shoulder with the households of those courageous martyrs,” Singh stated.
Hailing Col Sharma, Gen Rawat stated the Commanding Officer of the unit led from the entrance together with different personnel dwelling as much as the motto of “Service Earlier than Self”.
“The armed forces are pleased with their braveness as they’ve efficiently eradicated the terrorists. We salute these courageous personnel and specific our deep felt condolences for the bereaved households,” Gen. Rawat stated, in line with the Military.
The Military, in a tweet, stated Chief of Military Employees Basic M M Naravane and all ranks of the power paid tributes to the “valiant braves of our Military and J&Okay Police for his or her supreme sacrifice whereas combating and eliminating terrorists in Handwara.”