Gurez: Four Army personnel including a Major lost their lives on Tuesday while foiling an infiltration bid in north Kashmir's Gurez sector. The deceased have been identified as Major KP Rane, hawaldars Jamie Singh and Vikramjeet and rifleman Mandeep.
At least two terrorists were also killed. Operations underway.
According to reports, there were some eight terrorists in the group that tried to cross the Line of Control or LoC at the relatively peaceful Gurez, 125 km from Srinagar. They were intercepted right on the LoC by the Indian soldiers, leading to a fierce gunfight. The encounter is still going on and the army has called in reinforcements to go after the remaining terrorists.
Reacting to the incident, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and senior National Congress (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah said that if the Army personnel have been killed then India should also respond accordingly. Expressing concern over the deaths, Abdullah said that India could have normal relations with Pakistan provided the neighbour stopped infiltration. "If Pakistan wants to maintain good relations with India, it is necessary that infiltration is stopped," he said.