Army official killed in Kashmir gunbattle, receives martyr’s funeral

November 14th, 2007 - 10:30 am ICT by admin  

The troops had gunned down five militants belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) after the gunbattle in Pattan, twenty-seven kilometres from Srinagar.

The army received information about the presence of militants in Sadpora village in and laid siege to the spot.

Security forces lost an officer and three soldiers in the operation.

R. P. S. Ghotra, a Major with the Rashtriya Rifles said Major Varinder Singh Sandhu died while trying to save his soldiers.

“When his (Sandhu’s) team was moving to the house, his first two boys who were about to enter the house from the rear, a militant jumped out of the window and started firing on them. Seeing that his boys were without cover, he came out, hit the militant and grounded him. When the militant fell; one shot came out of his gun, which hit Major Sandhu on the turban,” he said.

The slain major has been posthumously awarded the Army Staff Commendation Card. (ANI)

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