Srinagar, agency. Five Indian Army personnel, including Colonel and Major, have been killed in the operation against the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir Handwara. Two terrorists have been killed in this encounter going on in Handwara of Kashmir Valley. At the same time, a soldier of the Jammu and Kashmir Police also died in an encounter with the terrorists. Officials said on Sunday that two militants were also killed in an encounter in the Chandjamulla area of Handwara. This area is a part of the Kupwara district of North Kashmir. He said that the army campaigned to rescue the hostages. The martyred military officers were leading the team of security personnel.
According to sources in the Indian Army, the operation was carried out after the terrorists were reported hiding in Handwara. During this time, the hidden terrorists fired, in which 21 Rashtriya Rifles colonel, Major, and two soldiers were killed. A sub-inspector of Jammu and Kashmir Police has also been killed in the encounter.
The brave Colonel Ashutosh also martyred in the encounter
The martyred soldiers include Colonel Ashutosh of 21 Rashtriya Rifles, Major Anuj Sood, Nayak Rajesh and Lance Naik Dinesh. Colonel Ashutosh had twice received gallantry medals for bravery in Kashmir. He was counted among the best commanding officers who showed up in Kashmir.
Colonel Sharma of Bulandshahr killed a terrorist who came to throw a grenade in a face-to-face battle.
Colonel Ashutosh Sharma has twice been awarded the Army Medal for his bravery. He has also served as a Major in the Kashmir Valley. Colonel Ashutosh, the commanding officer of the 21 Rashtriya Rifles of the army, was once shot dead from close proximity to a terrorist who had come in North Kashmir to attack a grenade. The terrorist hid the grenade in his clothes. Colonel Ashutosh himself was present on the road with a squad of his soldiers. As soon as he saw the terrorist attempting to throw out the grenade, he had killed the leopard by showing it. The family of martyr Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, living in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, has a 12-year-old daughter with his wife.
Encounter in Chanjmula village
The encounter was going on at Chhanjmula village in Handwara. The officials concerned said that a group of Lashkar militants had been seen in the forests of Rajwar for the past few days. Among them, Hyder’s famous divisional commander Haider is also being mentioned. If sources are to be believed, Hyder came with his comrades to pick up a new squad of terrorists from across the LoC. However the security agencies have not confirmed this fact.
Four to five terrorist circles
Security forces launched a campaign to catch the terrorists on Friday. A brief encounter between militants and jawans also took place on Friday night in Nagni jungle, but the terrorists escaped after breaking the siege. The soldiers continued to chase the terrorists and on Saturday afternoon they surrounded the terrorists in the village of Chanjmula. The number of terrorists is said to be four to five. The encounter started at around three in the afternoon. The terrorists were hiding in a house.
Wounded in an encounter
It is said that the firing from the terrorists stopped at around 5:30 pm. The body of a terrorist has been seen lying on the ground outside the house. During this time, a young man is also injured by a bullet in his hand. At present, the security forces are taking on the terrorists with full force. It is worth noting that in recent times, terrorist activities have increased in Jammu and Kashmir.
Young men entered the house in search of terrorists
When there was no firing from the terrorists for about an hour, the officers and soldiers started searching the encounter site, considering them dead. During this time, five soldiers entered the house while searching. It is being told that the terrorists started firing again. Due to this, the encounter started again and contact was lost with the five soldiers who entered the house.
Two terrorists also killed in Pulwama
In Dangarpora, Pulwama, security forces conducted a search operation at six in the morning on the information about the hiding of the terrorists. Seeing themselves surrounded, the terrorists broke the siege and started fleeing while firing on the security forces. The soldiers also retaliated. With this, the encounter started. During this time mischievous elements started throwing stones at the security forces.
Chance to surrender
It is said that the terrorists were given many opportunities to surrender. Two terrorists were killed in the encounter which continued till noon. His hideout house was completely destroyed. Three other houses suffered partial damage. The slain terrorists could not be identified, but according to sources, they may be Tariq Ahmed Sheikh of Jaish-e-Muhammad and Sahil Abdullah of Hizbul Mujahideen.
Grenade attack on CRPF gypsy, jawan injured
At Tahab Chowk in Pulwama, the terrorists threw a grenade at the gypsy of the soldiers of the 183rd Corps of the CRPF at seven in the evening. The grenade exploded with some loud bang from the gypsy. In this, Suman Pradhan, constable of CRPF was injured. The entire area is under siege and a search operation to catch the terrorists. Significantly, in the last 12 days, 20 terrorists have been killed in Kashmir.