In a heartbreaking turn of events, security officials have confirmed the demise of the missing Indian Army soldier during the ongoing encounter in Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir. The soldier had been unaccounted for since Thursday, leading to a frantic search operation.
Security officials delivered the grim news, stating, “One more soldier has lost his life in the Anantnag operations. He had been reported missing since yesterday.” The soldier’s sacrifice is yet another stark reminder of the challenging conditions faced by security forces in their relentless pursuit of peace in the region.
In a determined effort to neutralize the threat posed by terrorists in the area, security forces utilized cutting-edge technology, including drones, to target suspected terrorist hideouts. Drones were employed to drop grenades on these hideouts, and troops used grenade launchers to engage terrorists hiding in the vicinity.
The initial encounter, which erupted on Wednesday, September 13, claimed the lives of two valiant army officers and a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) during a fierce firefight with terrorists.
The fallen senior Army officers were identified as Colonel Manpreet Singh and Major Ashish Dhonak, both displaying exceptional courage in the face of danger. Humayun Bhat, the DSP, also paid the ultimate price in the line of duty.
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, expressed profound grief over the loss of these dedicated officers. He paid his respects to the slain DSP at Budgam on Thursday, underscoring the profound sacrifices made by these brave individuals in service to their nation.
On Friday, September 15, the mortal remains of Major Aashish Dhonchak were brought to his residence in Panipat, Haryana, with television news cameras and news agencies covering the solemn procession. The officer’s final journey home was marked by the presence of local residents and villagers, who gathered in large numbers to bid a tearful farewell to the hero who made the ultimate sacrifice while battling terrorists.
Major Dhonchak’s daughter, just two-and-a-half years old, had seen her father return home on leave a mere two months ago, highlighting the profound impact of his loss on his young family.
In addition to Major Dhonchak, Colonel Manpreet Singh and Deputy Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Humayun Bhat, also laid down their lives in the encounter. The last rites of DSP Bhat were conducted on Wednesday in Budgam, with the presence of Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, who expressed deep anguish over the tragic loss of these brave officers.
The sacrifices of these officers serve as a somber reminder of the immense challenges faced by security forces in maintaining peace and security in the region and the unwavering commitment of individuals who selflessly serve their nation.