Two soldiers killed when the Army frustrates the offer of terrorist infiltration along LoC in J&K

JAMMU: Two soldiers lost their lives when army personnel fought heavily armed terrorists, thwarting an offer of infiltration of the ultras on New Year's Day along the Control Line (LoC) in the district of Rajouri.

The infiltrators were intercepted in the Khari Thrayat forest at dawn when they tried to sneak into India from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), a defense spokesman said.

On the night of December 31 and January 1, contact was established with infiltrators in a forest in the Naushera sector.

The heavily armed terrorists retaliated and, in the subsequent exchange of gunfire, two soldiers were seriously injured and then succumbed, public relations officer (PRO), Lt. Col. Devender Anand, said in a statement Wednesday. The officer identified the dead soldiers as Naik Sawant Sandip Raghunath (29) and the rifleman Arjun Thapa Magar (25).

Sawant came from the town of Munde-Karhad in the Satara district of. He is survived by his wife Smita Sawant.

Magar (25) belonged to the Rip village in the Gorkha district of Nepal . He is survived by his parents.

Naik Raghunath and the rifleman Magar were brave, very motivated and sincere soldiers. The nation will always be indebted to them for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty, said Lt. Col. Anand.

Authorities said the Army had launched a cordon and search operation after receiving information about the alleged terrorist movement.

Reinforcements rushed to the area and a massive operation is underway to locate the terrorists, they said.

Eighty-three security personnel lost their lives in counter-terrorism operations in Jammu and Kashmir in 2018, according to J&K police.