SRINAGAR: A total of 7 individuals among which, 2 were senior army officers, 2 junior ranks, an officer from the local police and 2 terrorists lost their lives in a gruesome gun battle on Sunday, May 3. The incident took place in Kupwara district, Jammu and Kashmir.
Defence Ministry spokesperson from Srinagar, Col. Rajesh Kalia confirmed the martyrdom of 5 personnel and their ranks, yet their names remained undisclosed.
It was informed by the sources that an Army Colonel commanding a Rashtriya Rifles (RR) battalion in the area of Rajwar of Handwara tehsil, a major also commanding a company of the same battalion, a Lance Naik, a rifleman along with an officer of the Special Operations Group (SOG) of local police were martyrized in the gunfight which lasted for almost 20 hours amongst holed up terrorists and the security forces within the village known as Chanjimulla in Handwara tehsil.
The identity of the two terrorists who also lost their lives in the encounter is being established.
The firing as stopped at the region, but the searches are taking place there.
The commandos of the army and the other security personnel began the assault against the terrorists early during Sunday Morning, May 3.
A commanding officer from the 21(Colonel), A major, 2 soldiers stationed as personal guards of the commanding officer alongside a police sub-inspector of the SOG, with his guard and a constable went within a house at risk to protect and rescue civilians and to eliminate the holed up terrorists.
Although no officials sources have confirmed it yet, the only surviving security man amongst the ones who entered the house is probably the security guard of the Sub-Inspector from SOG.
The identity of the departed martyrs will be known through the confirmation that is awaited from Army's Udhampur headquartered northern command and the police headquarters.
The operation was initiated by the RR as well as the SOG of the local police as there were reports that around 2-3 local terrorists have been hiding in the densely forested area in Rajwar, Handwara Tehsil.
The terrorists entered a house in the village of Chanjimulla in order to protect themselves.