Prithvi Shaw pays tribute to the brave hearts of the Handwara gathering

NEW DELHI: Indian hitter Prithvi Shaw paid tribute to security personnel for their supreme sacrifice while fighting and eliminating terrorists to Handwara in the north cashmere on Sunday.

Tomando to Twitter , Shaw on Monday wrote: "Even during these testing times our tough soldiers stood by their duties to the # Handwara encounter, sacrifices made by them to protect our nation will forever be etched in our memories. I salute each &everyoneofthem&myheartfeltcondolencestotheirfamilies.jaihind!"

Colonel Ashutosh Sharma , the commander of the 21 Rashtriya rifles unit, who lost his life in operation in Handwara , had been twice awarded gallantry medals for exemplary bravery in counter-terrorist missions. He is also the first Commanding Officer or to Colonel-rank army person in the last five years to have lost his life in an encounter with terrorists .

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Five security personnel including Colonel Sharma, to Major and to police officer were killed in the gunbattle with terrorists .

The team of 21 Rashtriya rifles had entered the house of to civilian to prevent to hostage situation when they came under attack from the terrorists . While the four army personnel and the police Sub-Inspector lost their lives in the encounter, the civilians trapped in the house were safely evacuated.