Published On: Sun, Feb 21st, 2016

Two Army Captains killed in Kashmir encounter

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Three armymen including two Captains were killed on Sunday as militants holed up in a building in Kashmir’s Pampore exchanged fire with forces for the second straight day, raising the total number of dead to five soldiers and one civilian.

Captain Pawan Kumar (22) was killed when his team tried to enter the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute, a government building where militants have been holed up since Saturday.

The Indian Army asked the people of Haryana to extend their support “in giving a befitting farewell” to late Captain Kumar, who belonged to the Jind district. The mortal remains of the officer will be flown to Jind on Monday as road transportation has been disrupted by the ongoing Jat quota protest in Haryana, the army said.

Captain Tushar Mahajan from the elite Para unit also lost his life in the encounter.

“One militant has been killed. Thee army and two 2 CRPF personnel lost their lives in the operation,” CRPF spokesperson Bhavesh Kumar said on Sunday evening. “Heavy exchange of fire is continuing and security forces are trying to neutralise the militants,” he added.

 Army lost Captain Pawan Kumar, Captain Tushar Mahajan and jawan Om Prakash, all of the elite Para commando units, in the gunbattle on Sunday. The Army succeeded in eliminating one of the terrorists by Sunday evening, an official said.

Captain Pawan Kumar, who hailed from Haryana’s Jind, sustained grievous injuries in militant firing as security forces tried to make their way into the building in the wee hours today, an army official said. He succumbed to injuries later.

Captain Tushar Mahajan from Udhampur was also injured in the encounter and succumbed to injuries later at hospital.

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