An Army jawan was martyred as security forces foiled a major infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LOC) in the Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district of North Kashmir.
Sepoy Pushpendra Singh laid down his life while foiling an infiltration bid along the LoC in Tangdhar, an Army official said. The 26-year-old jawan was a native of Mathura district in Uttar Pradesh.
The incident occurred when troops noticed suspicious movement on the LoC. The terrorists were challenged. However, they opened heavy volume of fire in which Sepoy Pushpendra Singh was killed.
“Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks salute the supreme sacrifice of Sepoy Pushpendra Singh, who laid down his life in foiling infiltration bid in Tangdhar Sector on Aug 13 and offer condolences to the family”, tweeted Chinar Corps of the Indian army.
The incident comes ahead of the Independence Day. Security arrangements have been beefed in the Kashmir valley and summer capital Srinagar ahead of Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday. Stringent security measures have been put in place. The police is alert, director general of police (DGP) SP Vaid said today.
The Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium in Srinagar, where Governor N N Vohra will unfurl the Tricolour as part of the main Independence Day event, has been turned into a virtual fortress, the DGP said.
This is the second infiltration bid to have been foiled in last six days. On August 7, four soldiers, including a gallantry award-winning Major, were killed in a fierce gun battle with highly entrenched infiltrators along the Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez sector of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district. Two infiltrators were also killed in the operation.
A wreath-laying ceremony will be held for Sepoy Pushpendra Singh at the Badamibagh Army headquarters here tomorrow, the official said.
In another incident, a jawan — Kuldeep Singh Rawat of 4 Garhwal Rifles, was killed in the Uri sector yesterday in a blast, a police official said.
It was not immediately clear as to how the blasts took place, he added.