Army today bid a tearful adieu to eight soldiers who were killed in a brazen militant attack at Hyderpora bypass in the outskirts of the city on Monday.
General officer commanding of Srinagar-based Chinar Corps, Lt Gen Gurmit Singh, led the officers and jawans in paying floral tributes to the eight soldiers at a ceremony held at the headquarters of Chinar Corps at Badami Bagh Cantonment.
As many as 16 soldiers were also injured in the attack which came just a day before the two-day visit of prime minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to the state.
Director General of Jammu and Kashmir police Ashok Prasad also attended the ceremony and laid wreaths on the coffins as a special gesture and symbol of jointness, a defence spokesman said.
Lauding the brave soldiers, Lt Gen Gurmit Singh said "myheart goes out to the families and relatives of the martyrs. May God bestow strength to bear the loss. Chinar Corps salutes them and their martyrdom will only strengthen our resolve to bring peace in Kashmir."
The spokesman said the names of the jawans will be engraved at the Chinar Corps Memorial and their contribution towards peace in the Kashmir valley will become part of the history.