On September 10, 2023, two Indian Army officers were killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district. The officers, Captain Siddharth Sharma and Major Anuj Sood, were part of a counter-insurgency operation when they were ambushed by terrorists. Both officers were posthumously awarded the Ashoka Chakra, India’s highest military decoration.Captain Sharma was a young and promising officer who had just been commissioned into the Army a year ago. He was known for his courage and determination, and he had already distinguished himself in several operations. Major Sood was a veteran officer with over 15 years of experience in counter-insurgency operations. He was known for his leadership and expertise, and he was highly respected by his colleagues.The deaths of Captain Sharma and Major Sood are a reminder of the sacrifices that the Indian Army makes in order to protect the country. They are also a reminder of the dangers that our soldiers face on a daily basis. We owe a debt of gratitude to Captain Sharma, Major Sood, and all of the Indian Army personnel who risk their lives to keep us safe.
DSP killed in ongoing gunfight with terrorists
A tragic event unfolded in Kashmir when a high-ranking Army officer, Manpreet Singh, was killed instantly. Additionally, Major Ashish Dhonack and DSP Humayun Bhat lost their lives due to injuries sustained in the incident. This unfortunate incident was a significant setback for security forces in the region, resulting in the loss of a Commanding Officer, an Army Major, and a dedicated police officer during a fierce and ongoing gunfight, according to officials on Wednesday.
The violent clash occurred during the night between Tuesday and Wednesday when a joint team of police and Army conducted an operation to combat insurgents in Garol village, located in the Kokernag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. This operation was based on specific intelligence indicating the presence of terrorists in Garol, as explained by a spokesperson from the Indian Army’s Chinar Corps in Srinagar. As the security forces moved into Garol, they faced intense gunfire from militants strategically positioned in concealed locations within the dense forest, as reported by officials to The Tribune.
Concluding the events that occurred in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday
In Jammu and Kashmir, security forces engaged in an encounter in the Narla area, which started on Tuesday. Two terrorists were killed in the exchange, as reported by ANI.During the ongoing operation, security forces found a significant amount of weapons and supplies, including medicines with markings from Pakistan, as confirmed by officials. Lt Col Suneel Bartwal, Defence PRO, explained that the Indian army and Jammu and Kashmir police had been monitoring these two terrorists’ movements since September 7.On September 12, a fierce firefight resulted in the death of one terrorist. Despite challenging weather conditions and difficult terrain, security forces continued their pursuit throughout the night and neutralized the second terrorist on the morning of September 13 after a prolonged exchange of gunfire.The statement from the PRO also mentioned the loss of one soldier from 63 RR, injuries to three soldiers and an SPO, and the unfortunate death of an Army dog in the operation.