India is proud of Col Sharma, others who gave their lives to save civilians: Gen Naravane at the Handwara gathering

NEW DELHI: On Monday, the army chief general said India is proud of Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, battalion 21 commander and four other security personnel who gave their lives while saving civilians from terrorists in a village in the north of Kashmir.

In a warning to Pakistan General Naravane said he will give a proportionate response to all acts of terrorism and violation of violations.

We lost five brave officers and gags from the Indian Army and the Jammu and Kashmir police while saving civilians from terrorists in a village in Handwara. I wish to convey my sincere condolences and gratitude to these brave brave men, the army chief told PTI in an interview. .

The nation is proud of its actions, especially the commanding officer who led from the front and made sure there were no civilian casualties or collateral damage throughout the operation, he said.

In addition to a decorated Army officer, the others who were shot in the terrorists' bullets were Major Anuj Sood, Naik Rajesh, Lance Naik Dinesh and Jammu's deputy inspector, and Kashmir police sage Ahmad Pathan alias Qazi.

I also take this opportunity to tell the families of our brave hearts that we, the entire Army fraternity, are immensely proud of your gallantry and assure you that we stand in solidarity with you during this extremely difficult time, said the Head of the saying.

The operation began after several civilians were being held hostage in a house in Chanjmulla, Handwara. Two terrorists were killed in the operation.

Col Sharma's assassination was a major loss to the Army, having led several successful anti-terror operations in the Valley in recent months. He was awarded the Sena Medal, a prestigious peacetime gallantry award, twice.

There have been frequent incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan i side since India announced its decision to withdraw special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state into two union territories in August last year.

Pakistan often resorts to ceasefire violations to push militants into the India n side. India n troops have also been retaliating to Pakistan i actions under its policy of hot pursuit.

According to official figures, Pakistan i troops resorted to 3,200 instances of ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019, which was the highest in the last 16 years.

Of these, 1,565 ceasefire violations took place between August and December after India reorganized Jammu and Kashmir.

In 2018, Jammu and Kashmir recorded 2,936 instances of ceasefire violations by Pakistan .