PAMPORE ATTACK

2 army captains killed in Pampore encounter, toll rises to 6

PTI2_21_2016_000119B Security forces personnel take position outside the JKEDI building where militants have reportedly taken | PTI
  • Captain Pawan Kumar, 23, of Jind in central Haryana, Captain Tushar Mahajan, 26, from Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir and 32-year-old Lance Naik Om Prakash were the soldiers who laid down their lives in the fight .

Two young captains of the army’s elite Para special forces and a Lance Naik were killed while fighting terrorists at Pampore in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.

Captain Pawan Kumar, 23, of Jind in central Haryana, Captain Tushar Mahajan, 26, from Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir and 32-year-old Lance Naik Om Prakash were the soldiers who laid down their lives in the fight that began on Saturday when the terrorists ambushed a CRPF convoy before taking refuge in the nearby government buildings.

Earlier on Saturday, two CRPF personnel and a civilian were killed, after terrorists stormed the Entrepreneurship Development Institute in Pampore. Six security personnel have so far been killed in the encounter.

The counter insurgency grid in Jammu has been put on high alert and security has been tightened at all vital installations in the region.

"Tight security arrangements have been put in place, the counter insurgency and the counter infiltration grids have been tightened in the entire Jammu region," Deputy Inspector General of Police (Jammu-Kathua Range) Ashkoor Wani said.

He said Quick Reaction Teams (QRT) of the police have been kept on standby and personnel at all check posts in the region have been asked to remain alert.

Security at vital installations in Jammu including the airport and railway stations has been increased.

"Nothing can be left to chance and all preparations are in place to thwart any nefarious designs of the anti national elements," the DIG said.

He said all entry points to Jammu from the border areas have been sealed and vehicles entering the city are being checked thoroughly.

Border Security Force (BSF), which guards the International Border (IB) in Jammu region, too is maintaining tight vigil.

"Infiltrators always try to take advantage of such situations as they think that such situations divert our attention, but we are always on high alert along the IB providing foolproof security," a senior BSF officer said.

The army has also deployed additional troops along the Line of Control (LoC) to check infiltration.

"Army commander of the Northern Command Lt Gen D S Hooda, a few days ago, had maintained that additional troops have been deployed along the LoC, I just want to reiterate that army never lets its guard down on the LoC," an army officer said.

(With agency inputs)

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