Colonel, Major among 5 martyrs in J key LeT terrorist shot dead

SRINAGAR/NUEVA DELHI: Leading from the front, as is the tradition in the Army, the decorated commanding officer of a battalion, along with one of his company commanders, two other soldiers and a policeman gave their lives in a fierce encounter with Terrorists in the Chanjimulla area of ​​Handwara in the Kupwara district of northern Kashmir on Saturday night.

The two terrorists killed in the encounter, one of whom was identified as an old man Lashkar-e-Taiba The commander named Haidar by the J&kpolice,waspartofalargegroupofpakistaniinfiltratorswhohadinfiltratedkashmirthroughthewadarbala-rajwaraforestsinkupwaralastmonth,thesourcessaid.

colonelashutoshsharma,thecoof21rashtriyarifles,withhiscompanycommander,majoranujsood,naikrajeshkumar,deputypoliceinspectorlance/naikdineshsinghandsageahmadkhanqaziofj&k,werereturningfromtheoperation.massivehairstyleinprogressinwadarbala.-rajwaraforestwheninformedthattwoorfourterroristshadtakenrefugeinthenearbyvillageofchanjimullaonsaturdayafternoon.

colonelsharmaandhissmallgroupwereaheadofsecurityforcesstilldeployedinthewoodswhentheyreceivedintelligencethatterrorists,dressedincombatuniforms,hadtakencivilianshostageinoneofthehouses,apoliceofficersaid.official.

theshootingbrokeoutaround3:45pmwiththetwoterrorists,whowereapparentlyhidinginseparatebutadjacenthouses.inthenexthand-to-handcombat,someciviliansfledthehouses,whilethearmysaidothersweresuccessfullyreleasedbythesecurityforces.

securityforces,whobythenhadcordonedoffthearea,destroyedoneofthehouseswithheavyweaponsfromwheretheshootingcame.aterroristwaskilledthere,asourcesaid.

buttheotherterroristwashidingintheadjacenttwo-storyhousewithacowshed.hestartedfiringandlobbyinggrenadesassoonascolsharma'steamenteredthathouse.therewasalargevolumeofshots,headded.

colonelsharmaandhisteamlostcontactwithsecurityforces,includingelitepara-commandos,whohadtakenuppositionsoutside.therewasnoradiocontactwiththeinternalteam,whileasoldierhadagunshotwoundtotherightlegoutside.whensomeonecalledcolsharma'smobile,hewasansweredbytheterrorist,whowasprobablywounded,withanassalamualaikum,thesourcesaid.

withoutcontactwiththeinternalteam,theoperationwassuspendedatnightamidstormsandheavyrains.extensiveprecautionshadtobetakenbecausenooneknewthefateofthecolsharmateaminside,headded.

inthefirstlightonsunday,theworstfearsofthesecurityforcescametrueasthefivemembersofcolsharma'steamwerefounddeadinthehousecleaningoperation.

thebodiesofthetwoterrorists,withweaponsandotherwarshops,werealsorecoveredandturnedovertoj&kpolice.whilehaidaraliasiqbalwasaresidentofpakistan-occupiedkashmir,theotherterroristwasidentifiedasasifreshi,alocalboyfromgundchabootra,handwara.theirbodieswerebroughttosheeriandburiedinthepresenceofamagistrate.

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