when the world is struggling to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, pakistan backed, notorious Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists, took lockdown for a toss and had taken civilians hostage in a house in Handwara’s Changimulla.
On intelligence tip off, a joint team comprising five army personnel and a J&K Police officer reached the area and rescued the civilians post ghastly fight. During fight, the security team, however, came under heavy fire and in the ensuing fire fight, commanding officer of the Rashtriya Rifles’ 21st Battalion, martyred. His death is seen as a blow to the morale of the forces.
He was recognized at least twice for bravery in counter-terrorism operations. He along with his team showed an exemplary courage in their fight against the terrorists and made supreme sacrifice while serving the country. We will never forget their bravery and sacrifice.
As what can be called as one of the deadliest operations in the Valley, an Indian army colonel, a major and two soldiers, along with a J&K sub-inspector, were killed during the counter-terrorist operation late on Saturday.
News agency ANI cited Vijay Kumar, IG of police, J&K, describing that a top Lashkar-e Taiba terrorist, Haider, a Pakistani national, was killed in the operation.
Prime Minister Of India Shri Narendra Modi paid tributes to the martyrs. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said the gruel murder as ‘deeply disturbing and painful’