INDIA.Jammu And Kashmir: Three soldiers of the Indian Army succumbed and three others were injured, while two Terrorists were neutralized, in an encounter at Darhal, Rajouri, in Jammu and Kashmir in the early hours on Thursday, a Defence Spokesman said.
The soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty were Subedar Rajendra Prasad, resident of Village- Maligoven, Kashim Pura, District Jhunjhunu (Rajasthan), Rifleman Lakshmanan D, resident of Village T Pudupatti, Thummakundu, District- Madurai (Tamil Nadu) and Rifleman Manoj Kumar, resident of Village- Shahjahanpur, Chandpur, District- Faridabad (Haryana).
In the early hours of August 11, alert sentries of the Indian Army post at Parghal, District Rajouri, detected suspicious people approaching their post. They were taking advantage of the inclement weather and dense foliage.
The attack took place 25 km from Rajouri in which three Army personnel lost their lives. The sentries challenged the two terrorists who threw grenades while attempting to gain entry inside the post. However, alert troops cordoned the area and engaged them in a fire-fight thereby pinning them.
In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were neutralized. Totally six soldiers were injured in the operation, of which, three brave hearts succumbed to their injuries. The valiant soldiers made the supreme sacrifice upholding the highest tradition of the Indian Army, Lt Col Devender Anand said.
The terrorists tried to cross the fence of the Army camp at Pargal in the Darhal area of Rajouri. The exchange of fire took place. Soon additional parties were despatched to the location, Mukesh Singh, Additional Director General of Police, Jammu Zone said.
Security officials have cordoned off the area and additional parties have been dispatched to the location. The terrorists attacked the army post, ahead of the celebration of the 75th Independence Day.
It may be recalled that three LeT terrorists were recently neutralized by security forces in Budgam. One of the killed terrorists was involved in the killing of civilians Rahul Bhat and Amreen Bhat.