Five Indian Army soldiers, including two Captains made supreme sacrifice during an operation in in the Kalajote area of the Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.
The encounter started on Wednesday between terrorists and joint forces of the Army and the Jammu and Kashmir Police in the Bajimaal area of Dharmsal following a cordon-and-search operation.
While the forces suffered five casualties on its side, two terrorists, including a top LeT commander and sniper, identified as Quari, were also neutralised on Thursday.
The Army informed further that it recovered large quantities of ‘War Like Stores’ from the encounter site.
Quari was infamous for orchestrating several attacks, including the Dangri incident, where six innocent civilians lost their lives on January 23, and the Kandi attacks in Rajouri’s Poonch areas.
His elimination marks a significant blow to the revival of terrorism in these districts, according to an Army official.
The bravehearts are Capt. Shubham Gupta (9 Para), Lance Naik Sanjay Bisht (9 Para), Capt. MV Pranjal (63 RR), Havaldar Abdul Majid (9 Para) and Paratrooper Sachin Laur (9 Para).
Capt. Shubham Gupta belonged to Agra, Capt. MV Pranjal was a native of Mangalore, Karnataka. Havaldar Abdul Majid was from Ajote , Pooch while Lance Naik Sanjay Bisht was a native of Halli Padli in Nanital. Paratrooper Sachin Laur was from Nagaliya Giurola area in Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh.
The fallen soldiers in the fierce exchange of fire with terrorists in a thickly forested terrain of the Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, were accorded a tearful farewell at a sombre wreath-laying ceremony on Friday.