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Army pays tribute to  its slain soldiers

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Srinagar, Mar 22: Army today paid tributes to three soldiers who were killed during an encounter in Kupwara district.

General Officer Commanding (GoC) of Chinar Corps Lt Gen A K Bhatt led all ranks in paying homage to the slain soldiers on behalf of the nation, an Army official said.

“Army paid befitting tributes to three of its comrades who attained martyrdom during counter terrorist operations yesterday in Kupwara district in which five militants were eliminated,” the official said.

In a show of solidarity, representatives from other security agencies also joined in paying their last respects, he said.

Havildar Jorabar Singh, Naik Ranjeet Khalkho and Naik Mohammad Ashraf Rather sustained bullet injuries during the operation in Halmatpora area of Kupwara district.

“They were provided immediate first aid and evacuated to hospital but unfortunately succumbed to their injuries,” the official said.

Their mortal remains were flown for last rites to their native places, where they would be laid to rest with full military honours, the official said, adding the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved families and remains committed to their dignity and well being.

Jorabar Singh (45) had joined Army in 1993 and hailed from village Rait in Kangra area of Himachal Pradesh. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Khalkho (33) hailed from village Dudhakhuti in Ranchi (Jharkhand) had joined Army in 2001. He is survived by his parents, a brother and three sisters.

Rather (35) had joined the Army in 2004 and belonged to village Reshigund of Kralpora in Jammu and Kashmir. He is survived by his wife and a daughter.

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