Pampore encounter: Another Para trooper martyred

Srinagar, Feb. 21 (ANI): At least four defence personnel lost their lives while fighting the militants in the ongoing encounter at Entrepreneurs Development Institute at Pampore on the Srinagar. Jammu national highway.

Meanwhile, a civilian was also killed in the encounter.

A soldier of 9 Para, who was injured in the ongoing encounter with the militants, succumbed to his injuries at 92 base hospital in Srinagar today.

Two CRPF jawans were killed and 11 others injured in an encounter with militants on Saturday at Entrepreneurs Development Institute at Pampore on the Srinagar – Jammu national highway.

The nation paid tribute to the sacrifices of 10 Paramilitary Army Captain Pawan Kumar, Head Constable Bhola Prasad Singh and Constable R.K. Raina who were martyred during the ongoing encounter in Pampore in Jammu and Kashmir, as a wreath laying ceremony was held for the bravehearts here on Sunday.

‘No father can be prouder’, said 10 Para Army Captain Pawan Kumar’s father Rajbir Singh.

“I had one child, I gave him to the Army and to the nation. No father can be prouder,” Singh said.

“Captain Pawan was martyred while he was leading his troops from the front. Indian Army officers always lead from the front as is evident from the operations here in Kashmir in the recent past.

Captain Pawan was a young officer, son of a school teacher. He was a dynamic officer and a true commando. In fact, just last month, he was injured in an encounter in Pulwama just five days after his 23rd birthday. He was advised to go on sick leave, but he declined,” Lieutenant General Satish Kumar Dua told ANI.

Twenty-two-year-old Kumar succumbed to his injuries today after he led a troop that stormed the EDI Complex last night, in which two to three militants are believed to be holed up.

The captain, who hails from Jind, Haryana, is from 10 Parachute Regiment and has been part of two successful operations in which three terrorists were killed. (ANI)

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