Pune: A 25-year-old Army soldier from Akola district in Maharashtra was martyred in a gun battle with militants in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday night.
Sepoy Sumedh Waman Gowai, a native of Lonagra village, had joined the Indian Army in 2011. His younger brother, Shubham, has also joined the Army recently and is currently undergoing training.
Sumedh is survived by his parents Waman and Maya, brother Shubham and sister Rekha. Sumedh was yet to get married. His father is a farmer. The family came to know about the incident on Sunday morning.
The mortal remains of the soldier will be brought to the village via Nagpur and Akola. The last rites will be performed on Monday evening or Tuesday morning.
Another soldier, Sepoy Ilayaraja P, was also killed in the encounter with militants in the Zainapora area of Shopian of south Kashmir.
In a jolt to Hizbul Mujahideen, its three militants, including self-styled chief operations commander Yasin Itoo alias ‘Gaznavi’, were killed in an encounter that began on
Following a tip-off to the Jammu and Kashmir police, a cordon was laid in Awnira village of Shopian by the Special Operations Group of the police, Army and
Militants fired at the approaching security personnel, wounding five Army personnel, two of whom later died. This prompted the security forces to wait till dawn, while keeping a tight cordon around the area, before launching a major strike.
Intermittent firing continued the whole night, and the operation began in full swing in the morning. All three terrorists holed up were killed. They were identified as Irfan, a tech-savvy militant involved in online propaganda for the militant outfit, and Umar, who was personal security man of Ghaznavi. (with PTI inputs)