Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to five security personnel who lost their lives in an encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Handwara town.
PM Modi tweeted, “Their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
A Colonel, Major and two Indian Army jawans along with a sub-inspector of Jammu & Kashmir police were killed in an hour-long encounter in Kashmir’s Handwara on Sunday. Two terrorists were also killed in an encounter.
“Tributes to our courageous soldiers and security personnel martyred in Handwara. Their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten. They served the nation with utmost dedication and worked tirelessly to protect our citizens. Condolences to their families and friends,” PM Modi tweeted.
Five security personnel which included Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, the commanding officer of the 21 Rashtriya Rifles, Major Anuj Sood, Lance Naik Dinesh, Naik Rajesh and police sub-inspector Shakeel Qazi sacrificed their lives for nation after a long gun battle with terrorists.
Home Minister Amit Shah also paid tribute through twitter. He tweeted, “I bow to our soldiers and security personnel martyred while protecting our motherland during an encounter with terrorists in Handwara in Jammu and Kashmir. Nation will always remain indebted to their supreme sacrifice. My deepest condolences to their bereaved families.”
This morning, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also condoled the deaths of security personnel on Twitter.
Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah also paid tribute to the jawans martyred in Handwara.