SRINAGAR: An army man was killed after he fell down into 40-ft gorge during an anti-militancy operation along the higher reaches of Pir Panjal Range in Poonch district.
A Jammu based army spokesman in a statement said that at around 1315 hours, the Sepoy Lovepreet Singh, while operating along the higher reaches of Pir Panjal Range in a deliberately planned counter militancy operation, suffered the 40 feet fall into a gorge while negotiating the difficult heights.
“The valiant soldier was acting as guide to the party which was moving along a treacherous route from Jabbiwal to Bagsar(Poonch),” the army spokesman in a statement said.
The 23-year-old army man belonged to Gurdaspur, Punjab and is survived by his parents.
“Sepoy Lovepreet Singh was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” an army spokesman in a statement said.