Anantnag encounter: Army, J&K police resume operations on second day

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ANANTNAG: The Indian Army, along with Jammu and Kashmir Police, on Thursday resumed the operation against the terrorists in the Kokernag area of the Anantnag district.

An Indian Army Colonel commanding a Rashtriya Rifles Unit along with a Major and a Deputy Superintendent of Police were martyred in a gunfight with terrorists in Kokernag area of Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Wednesday. The officers have been identified as Colonel Manpreet Singh, Major Ashish Dhonak and Deputy SP Humayun Bhat.

“An Indian Army Colonel commanding a Rashtriya Rifles Unit, along with a Major, have lost their lives in an encounter in Anantnag with terrorists in Kashmir. The off-vet was commanding 19 RR”, Indian Army officials said.

In a message on micro-blogging site, X, Kashmir Zone Police said, “In solemn tribute to the unwavering valour of Col Manpreet Singh, Major Ashish Dhonak and DSP Humayun Bhat who laid down their lives leading from the front during this ongoing operation. Our forces persist with unwavering resolve as they encircle 2 LET terrorists including Uzair Khan”.

The last rites DSP Humayun Muzammil Bhat were performed in Budgam on Wednesday evening. Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha expressed his grief over the death of the officers in the encounter.

“Paid tributes to JKP’s DySP Humayun Bhat, who laid down his life in an anti-terror operation in Anantnag. I salute the indomitable courage and supreme sacrifice of Col Manpreet Singh & Major Ashish Dhonack. Entire nation stands firmly with their families in this hour of grief”, LG’s office said in a post on the social media platform, X.

Meanwhile, two terrorists were killed by security forces during an encounter that began in the Narla area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri on Tuesday. Security forces recovered a large quantity of warlike stores, including medicines, with Pakistan markings during a search amid the encounter that continued on Wednesday evening according to officials. (ANI)

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