Army pays tribute to soldiers killed in Shopian gunfight

Srinagar: The Army today paid a befitting tribute to three of its comrades who died during an encounter on Sunday in Kachdora village of Shopian district.

“In a solemn ceremony at BB Cantt, Lt Gen AK Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks, paid homage to the slain soldiers on behalf of a proud nation. In a show of solidarity, representatives from other security agencies also joined in paying their last respects to the soldiers lost their lives,” army’s defence spokesperson in a statement issued here said.

Late L/Nk Nilesh Singh, Gnr Arvinder Kumar and Sep Hetram sustained bullet injuries during the fierce operation in Kachdora village of Shopian district. They were provided immediate first aid and evacuated to 92 Base Hospital but unfortunately succumbed to their injuries. L/Nk Nilesh Singh, 31 years of age, had joined Army in 2003 and hailed from Village Nagri in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh. He is survived by his wife and a son, the spokesman said.

Martyr Gnr Arvinder Kumar had joined the Army in 2012 and belonged to Village Sariana in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab and is survived by his parents, a sister and a brother, the spokesman aid.

Coming from Village Sonigasar Godars in Bikaner, Rajasthan, the martyr Sep Hetram was 25 years old and had joined Army in 2013. He is survived by his wife and parents, the spokesman said.

The mortal remains of these soldiers were flown for last rites to their native places, where they would be laid to rest with full military honours. In this hour of grief, the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved families of the martyrs and remains committed to their dignity and well being, the spokesman added.

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