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Nagrota attack: Army launches combing operations, chief likely to visit Jammu

Indian Army launched fresh searches early on Wednesday inside a military camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nagrota, which was attacked by militants on Tuesday, to flush out any remaining attackers.

india Updated: Nov 30, 2016 11:12 IST
Security personnel take positions during a gun battle with militants at an army camp in Nagrota.
Security personnel take positions during a gun battle with militants at an army camp in Nagrota.(PTI Photo)

Indian Army launched fresh searches early on Wednesday inside a military camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nagrota, which was attacked by militants on Tuesday, to flush out any remaining attackers.

Seven soldiers, including two majors, were killed when militants dressed as policemen attacked the camp triggering a fierce gun battle that raged for more than 12 hours.

The brazen attack was the second in as many months since the siege of another army base in September at Uri left 19 Indian soldiers dead, spiking tensions between India and Pakistan.

“At the first light, the troops started combing operations. They are moving cautiously. There is no contact and no exchange of fire,” an intelligence official said.

It was believed that one or two more militants could possibly be hiding in the officers’ mess. The army placed the area under tight cordon and did not call off the search operation on Tuesday but suspended it to ensure that it was completely sanitised.

Army chief General Dalbir Singh may visit the 16 Corps headquarters to take stock of the situation. He is likely to attend the wreath laying ceremony of the seven soldiers, who died on Tuesday.

The army said the group of heavily armed militants – believed to five-six in number – arrived at the base in a Maruti car before opening fire and lobbing grenades at soldiers on the main gate.

Here is a list of soldiers who died:

1. Major Gosavi Kunal Mannadir, 33, hailed from Pandharpur village in Maharashtra’s Solapur district. He is survived by his wife, Uma K Gosavi.

2. Major Akshay Girish Kumar, 31, belonged to Bengaluru, Karnataka. He is survived by his wife Sangeeta Ravinderan.

3. Havildar Sukhraj Singh, 32, hailed from Maan Nagar village in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district. He is survived by his wife Harmeet Kaur.

4. Lance Naik Kadam Sambhaji Yeshwantro, 32, hailed from Janapuri village of Nanded district in Maharashtra. He is survived by his wife Sheetal.

5. Grenadier Raghvendra Singh belonged to Gadijatar village of Dholpur district in Rajasthan. The 28-year-old is survived by his wife, Anjana Sikaewal.

6. Rifleman Asim Rai, 32 , hailed from Nepal’s Ratanchha village. He is survived by his wife, Madhu Kala Rai.

7. Naik Chittaranjan Debbarma hailed from Garingpara village in West Tripura, Tripura. He is survived by his wife Namita Debbarma and two children aged 11 and 7 years.

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