Army: Special Forces Engage, Kill 5 Pak Terrorists at Point Blank Range

A squad of Indian Army Special Forces soldiers eliminated five heavily-armed terrorists in a high-altitude snow-bound area in Kashmir in one of the most violent encounters along the Line of Control in recent times. Sadly the action killed all five soldiers. Army Special Forces were deployed on April 1 after "footprints were found near the check line" The area's security fence that prevents terrorists from breaching was inundated with snow. Army reports say the region where the incursion took place has a "razor-sharp ridge line where due to high snow levels, all roads are cut off."

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 06, 2020 18:10 IST

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5 Soldiers lost their lives in the encounter


The terrorist group "attempted to exploit the inclement weather when it was snowing" in the area for two days, sources said.

Search parties were launched, and army soldiers made contact with the terrorists on April 1st at 1 pm and recovered five bags, but lost touch with the terrorists. Additional troops were brought in and cordoned off the town. The soldier picked up the trail again on April 3 at 4:30 pm, and again on April 4 at 6:30 pm, sources said.

"Based on visuals from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, special troops staged forward by air [helicopter] to the nearest Battalion Headquarters," as the battalion remains cut-off due to heavy snow in the area, sources said. As luck would have it, the attackers were sitting right there when they dropped. That contributed to a firefight at practically point-blank range, a near quarter battle, "sources said.

In the encounter called Op Randori Behak (Kupwara) soldiers who lost their lives are:

  • Sub Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Himachal Pradesh

  • Hav. Davendra Singh, from Uttarakhand

  • Sepoy Bal Krishan from Himachal Pradesh

  • Sepoy Amit Kumar from Uttarakhand

  • Sepoy Chhatrapal Singh from Rajasthan Protection Status