PM, Rajnath Singh Condole Death Of Security Personnel In Handwara Encounter

IGP Kashmir, Sector Comdr, DIG North Kashmir & SP Handwara pay tributes to martyrs of Handwara encounter. (Pic courtesy: Twitter@KashmirPolice) - Sakshi Post

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday condoled the death of five security personnel who died while during an encounter with terrorists in Kashmir's Handwara. He said that their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

“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,” the PM tweeted.


An Army Colonel and a Major were among five security personnel killed in the encounter and two terrorists eliminated, Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said on Sunday.

The Indian Army in a statement said that based on the intelligence input that terrorists were taking the civilian inmates of a house in Changimulla at Handwara of Kupwara district hostage, a joint operation was launched by Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police.

“A team comprising of five Army and J&K Police personnel entered the target area occupied by the terrorists to evacuate the civilians. The team of Army and JK Police entered the target area and successfully extricated the civilian,” Indian Army said.

“In the ensuing fire fight two terrorists were eliminated and the team of five army and J&K personnel comprising of two Army officers, two Army soldiers and one J&K Police Sub Inspector attained martyrdom,” the statement read.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the country will never forget their sacrifice and bravery.

“The loss of our soldiers and security personnel in Handwara (J&K) is deeply disturbing and painful. They showed exemplary courage in their fight against the terrorists and made supreme sacrifice while serving the country. We will never forget their bravery and sacrifice,” Singh said.


Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said that operations in Handwara highlight the determination of the security forces to safeguard the lives of the people and saluted the personnel.

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