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Indian Army Jawan Martyred, Another Injured, and Terrorist Neutralized in Jammu & Kashmir Encounter

A terrorist has been neutralized in an encounter, while an army jawan lost his life, and three other security personnel, including a Special Police Officer were injured. This incident occurred in Rajouri district, Jammu and Kashmir during a gunfight. The encounter took place in Narla village, as confirmed by Mukesh Singh, the Additional Director General of Police for Jammu Zone. He said that the Security forces had initiated a search and an identification operation in the forested Patrada area on Monday evening.

They fired shots upon detecting suspicious movement of two individuals. It was reported that both suspects successfully evaded capture, capitalizing on the cover of darkness and dense vegetation. They left behind a rucksack containing various items, which search parties later retrieved.

A six-year-old courageous female Labrador Army dog, serving with the 21 Army Dog Unit, lost its life during the encounter while protecting its handler. This dedicated army dog, named Kent, played a pivotal role in ‘Operation Sujaligala,’ leading a group of soldiers in pursuit of the departing terrorists. Kent bravely sacrificed itself while shielding its handler from intense enemy fire, illustrating the highest traditions of the Indian Army.

According to officials, numerous encounters have occurred in the border districts of Rajouri and Poonch this year, which resulted in the elimination of approximately 26 terrorists and the loss of 10 security personnel. Most of these terrorists died while attempting to infiltrate Indian territory from across the border.

A solemn wreath-laying ceremony took place to honor Army Rifleman Ravi Kumar, who lost his life during an encounter on Tuesday. The Army bid a tearful farewell to the fallen soldier on Wednesday.

The White Knight Corps of the Army expressed in a statement that, “The White Knight Corps pays tribute to the supreme sacrifice of Rifleman Ravi during operation SUJALIGALA, upholding the highest traditions of the Indian Army. His steadfast dedication and service to our nation will be honored forever.” And on Wednesday, another terrorist was successfully neutralized in the ongoing confrontation with security forces.

Just two weeks ago, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) reported the arrest of two individuals for providing shelter to the terrorists responsible for the tragic incident in Dhangri village, Rajouri district, where five innocent civilians lost their lives in an attack by unidentified terrorists on 1st January 2023. The case was filed at the Rajouri police station, involving various sections of the IPC, the Prevention Act of 1967, and the Arms Act. However, on January 13, the NIA re-registered the case and assumed control of the investigation.

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