J&K: Colonel, Major among 5 staff members martyred in encounter with terrorists in Handwara

NEW DELHI: An army colonel and a commander were among the five security officers who were killed in action in a fierce encounter with terrorists in the Chanjimulla area of ​​North Handwara on Saturday.

Two terrorists were killed in the encounter after Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, the 21-year-old commanding officer, and Major Anuj Sood led the five-member team to storm a house in the area.

Based on intelligence data that the terrorists took as hostages of the civilian inmates at the home, the operation was launched by the team ... the civilians were successfully evicted, an Army official said.

“During the operation, security personnel were subjected to a large volume of fire by terrorists. In the ensuing shooting, two terrorists were killed, but the five staff members also gave their lives, he added.

Colonel Sharma had been awarded the Sena Medal for gallantry twice before, the second time as an officer-in-command of 21 RR for killing a terrorist in hand-to-hand combat in Handwara in 2018. Both he and Major Sood were from the Regiment. of Guards. The others were identified as 21 RR Naik Rajesh and Lance-Naik Dinesh, and J&kpolicedeputyinspectorshakeelqazi.

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