GNS
An army soldier was killed in an encounter at Kralgund area of Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Friday morning.

A police officer told GNS that army’s 32 RR launched a cordon-and-search-operation at Kachlu village during wee hours today.

As such the cordon was laid and the troops intensified the searches, the militants opened fire triggering off a brief gunfight, he said.

In the gunfight an army soldier suffered critical bullet wounds and was shifted to nearby military hospital for treatment, he said, adding that the soldier later succumbed to injuries.

An army officer based in north Kashmir also confirmed the death of the soldier and identified the deceased as Rifleman Rambabu Sahi (24) of Village Jagatpur of Chitwan District, Nepal.

He said that the searches were ongoing in the area to trace out the hiding militants.

Meanwhile, army paid tributes to slain Rifleman Ram Babu Shahi.

“In a solemn ceremony at BB Cantt, Lt Gen AK Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks, paid homage to the martyr on behalf of a proud nation. In a show of solidarity, representatives from other security agencies also joined in to pay their last respects to the deceased,” a defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia in a statement issued here said.

The mortal remains of the deceased were flown for last rites to Varanasi, where he would be laid to rest with full military honours. In this hour of grief, the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved family of the slain and remains committed to their dignity and well being, the spokesman said.