The army Monday paid tribute to its four soldiers, who were killed in a gunfight in Pinglana village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, in which three militants were also killed.
In a statement, an army spokesman said the Chinar corps commander lieutenant general KJS Dhillon and all ranks paid homage to all four soldiers “on behalf of a proud nation”.
“In a show of solidarity, representatives from other security agencies were also present to pay their last respects to the slain soldiers”, the statement read.
“Late Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, Havildar Sheo Ram, Sepoy Hari Singh & Sepoy Ajay Kumar sustained bullet injuries during the fierce operation in Village Pinglana of Pulwama district,” it said.
“They were provided immediate first aid and evacuated to 92 Base Hospital but, unfortunately, succumbed to their injuries,” it added.
“Late Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, 33 years of age, had joined Army in 2011 and hailed from Village Dangwal in Dehradun, Uttrakhand. He is survived by his wife,” said the statement.
“Late Havildar Sheo Ram, 36 years of age, had joined Army in 2000 and hailed from Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. He is survived by his wife and a son,” it added.
“Coming from Village Rajgarh of District Rewari, Haryana, Late Sepoy Hari Singh was 26 years of age and had joined Army in 2011. He is survived by his wife and a son,” said the statement.
“Late Sepoy Ajay Kumar hailed from Village Bastikri in Meerut, UP. The soldier was 27 years of age and had joined the Army in 2012. He is survived by his wife and a son,” the statement added.
“The mortal remains of the deceased soldiers were flown for the 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 deceased and remains committed to their dignity and well being,” said the statement.