Ground Report | News Desk
Just two days after a deadly encounter broke out between security forces and militants in north Kashmir’s Handwara in Kupwara District, another encounter broke out on Monday afternoon, killing three paramilitary soldiers once again.
Three CRPF personnel have been martyred in the encounter. The security forces have also killed a militants during this period.
Earlier on Sunday, there was an encounter between security forces and militants in Handwara. In this, Colonel, Major and 3 soldiers were martyred. At the same time, 2 terrorists were also killed by the security forces.
Meanwhile, terrorists have also attacked the CISF camp with grenades in Budgam, Kashmir. In this, a young man is injured. Security forces have laid siege to the area. While the country is fighting a war against the Corona virus, the security forces in Kashmir are trying to thwart the plan of militants.
This is the second encounter in Handwara within 24 hours. In the encounter on Sunday, the security personnel got the input of the terrorists, 6 days ago on 28 April.
Since then, the soldiers were behind them. In this operation, Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, commanding officer of 21-Rashtriya Rifles was martyred. Colonel Ashutosh was part of many successful operations.
The martyrdom of a commanding officer in the encounter took place after almost five years. Earlier in January 2015, Colonel MN Rai was martyred. However, in September last year, Commanding Officer Santosh Mahadik also died.
Army officials said that Colonel Ashutosh Sharma comes from the Guard Regiment, which has been serving in the Kashmir Valley for a long time. Ashutosh Sharma was the only colonel, who was awarded the gallantry award twice in Kashmir. Which was for his bravery as a commanding officer.
The martyred security personnel in the encounter are Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, Major Anuj Sood, Nayak Rajesh, Lance Naik Dinesh, Commanding Officer of 21 Rashtriya Rifles along with Sub Inspector Qazi Pathan of Jammu and Kashmir Police. However, in this entire encounter, the security personnel were successful in saving the citizens.
A few kilometers from this area of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district are the Indo-Pakistan Line of Control and the areas of Pakistan administrated Kashmir. In the past, all the terrorists who infiltrated from Karen and Naugam sectors of Kupwara have been piled up in the vicinity of Handwara. Apart from this, this part of Kupwara is counted in very sensitive areas of the valley due to the activities of cross border terrorism.