Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday paid tributes to three soldiers, including a Kashmiri jawan from Anantnag district, who were killed in a militant attack on their convoy in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir.
General Rawat arrived in Srinagar on Friday morning and paid tributes to the soldiers -- Lance Naik Ghulam Mohi- Ud-Din Rather, Sepoy Vikas Singh Gurjar and Sapper Sreejith MJ -- at the Badamibagh cantonment, an army spokesperson said.
General Rawat “expressed grief and condolences to the bereaved families. He also conveyed his anguish at the unfortunate death of an elderly woman, Taja Begum, in the militant attack”, the spokesperson said.
The army chief also met injured soldiers at the Army Base Hospital in Badamibagh cantonment and wished them speedy recovery.
“After paying homage to the martyrs, the chief, along with Northern army commander, Lt Gen D Anbu, and Chinar Corps Commander, Lt Gen JS Sandhu, visited the Victor and Kilo Force headquarters, where he was briefed on the prevailing security situation and on the recent operations conducted,’’ the spokesperson added.
On Thursday, militant organisation Hizbul Mujahideen ambushed an army convoy, killing three soldiers and wounding five others, including two officers, in south Kashmir’s Shopian.
Villagers pay rich tributes to Anantnag soldier
Meanwhile, people of Punchpora village in Anantnag bid an emotional adieu to Lance Naik Rather. Scores of people attended his last rites at the Rashtriya Rifles camp near the village. The funeral took place at his ancestral graveyard in his village.
Lance Naik Rather is survived by his wife Shahzada Akhter, their one-year-old son Ahil and his aged parents. He had joined the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry in 2002.
According to Rather’s relatives, his father was paralysed about 10 years back following an illness.
Mohammad Amin, a relative, said Rather was the only earning member of the family. “His father has been physically challenged for the past 10 years and his mother also suffers from multiple illnesses. It will be difficult for them to meet the ends,’’ he said.
An elderly woman, Taja Begum, was also killed when she was hit by a stray bullet in the militant attack. Locals alleged that soon after the attack, security personnel barged into their homes and ransacked their properties.