At least two more Army officers have been injured in the encounter which is underway in Kokernag in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district since early hours on Wednesday. Two army officers and a Deputy Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir died in a fierce gunfight between security forces and terrorists on Wednesday.
Their deaths came less than 24 hours after another Indian Army jawan and an Army dog were gunned down in Rajouri.
The army and the police launched a joint search operation to hunt down the terrorists late at night on Tuesday.
As per media reports, the General-Officer-Commanding (GOC) of the Chinar Corps, Lt General Rajiv Ghai, and the GOC of the Victor Force, Maj General Balbir Singh is currently monitoring the operations.
So far, four security forces personnel — Colonel Manpreet Singh, Commanding Officer of 19 Rashtriya Rifles, Major Ashish Dhonack, and Deputy Superintendent Humayun Bhat, and rifleman Ravi Kumar– have been killed in the gunfight with terrorists. They are believed to be have been killed by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists.
On Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Army’s XV Corps commander Lt Gen Rajiv Ghai paid homage to Colonel Singh and Major Dhonchak and laid wreaths on the coffins carrying the mortal remains of the two slain officers at the Badamibagh cantonment in Srinagar.
On Friday, the mortal remains of Colonel Manpreet Singh and Major Ashish Dhonchack were brought to their residences in Panipat. Deputy Superintendent Humayun Bhat was laid to rest on Thursday at his residence in Budgam.
Anti-Pakistan protests were also held in various parts of Jammu city yesterday, against the killing of four security personnel by terrorists. The Panun Kashmir and the Eik Sanatam Bharat Dal (ESBD) paid homage to the personnel and demanded a massive operation against the terrorist ecosystem in Jammu and Kashmir.