Army pays tribute to soldier killed in counter-infiltration operations

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Srinagar, July 9 (UNI) A wreath laying ceremony was held at the Chinese Army Corps headquarters in Srinagar on Saturday to pay respect to the soldier killed on Friday during a counter-infiltration operation in the district of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir.

An unknown infiltrator was also killed during the shootout.

Naik Jasvir Singh, a resident of RS Pura, Jammu, was killed while fighting a group of infiltrators trying to sneak into Kashmir in the Teetwal sector of Kupwara.

The army had ambushed near the Line of Control on the night of July 7-8, based on credible reports of militant movements across the border.

“An ambush has been set up near Garang Nar. The Ambush Party tracked the terrorists through night vision devices. ..A shootout ensues around 1:15 a.m. Two terrorists were likely hit by their own fire. The body of one was seen and recovered at first light on July 8. The body of the second terrorist has not been located and it appears he likely ran across the Line of Control,” the Srinagar-based defense spokesman said. “While searching the area, an AK-series rifle, four pistols, four grenades and a large amount of ammunition were recovered from the encounter site.”

The spokesperson said Naik Jasvir Singh was part of the ambush and suffered multiple gunshot wounds during the firefight. He was evacuated to a military hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The 38-year-old braveheart is survived by his wife and two young children.

“Naik Jasvir Singh embodies the values, traditions and ethics of the Indian Army,” the spokesperson said.

In a solemn ceremony, the General Officer Commanding Chinar Corps, Lieutenant General ADS Aujla, today laid a wreath on behalf of all ranks at the Chinar War Memorial.

The soldier’s remains are sent for the last rites to their hometown and will be buried with full military honors.

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