Srinagar: The missing Indian Army soldier is reported to have been killed in the Anantnag encounter in Jammu and Kashmir, according to security officials. The soldier had been missing since Thursday.
"One more soldier has lost his life in the Anantnag operations. He had been reported missing since yesterday," security officials said. "In joint security operations against terrorists in the Anantnag area, forces dropped grenades on suspected terrorist hide-out locations using drones. Grenade launchers are also being used by troops to target the group of terrorists hiding in the area."
Using drones, security forces dropped grenades on suspected terrorist hideouts. Moreover, grenade launchers were used to target the terrorists hiding in the area.
The encounter that broke out on Wednesday (September 13) claimed the lives of two army officers and a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in the gunfight against the terrorists on Wednesday.
The slain senior Army officers and the DSP were identified as Colonel Manpreet Singh, Major Ashish Dhonak, and Humayun Bhat.
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, expressed grief over the deaths of the officers in the encounter while also paying tributes to the slain DSP at Budgam on Thursday.
Mortal remains of martyrs reaches home
On Friday (September 15), the mortal remains of Major Aashish Dhonchak, was brought to his residence in Panipat, Haryana. TV news channel cameras and news agencies feed covered the Indian Army soldiers bringing home the mortal remains of the martyred officer in a coffin.
Locals and villagers gathered in large numbers outside the residence of Major Dhonchak to pay their last respects to the officer who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting the terrorists.
The martyred officer's daughter is two-and-half-year-old and he had come home during leave just two months back.
Along with Major Dhonchak, Colonel Manpreet Singh and Deputy Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) police, Humayun Bhat, also laid down their lives in the encounter.
The last rites of DSP Bhat were performed on Wednesday in Budgam. The slain police officer's father had also served in the Jammu and Kashmir Police. Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, was present during the last rites of the DSP and expressed anguish over the death of the officers.