Captain Tushar Mahajan of the army’s 10 Para special forces laid down his life fighting three-to-five holed up terrorists at Pampore in Jammu and Kashmir.
Injured on Friday while leading his team in the smoke-out operation, the Udhampur captain died on Sunday at 92 Base Hospital. He was son of Udhampur educationist and retired principal Dev Rah Gupta.
A student of Little Flower convent in Udhampur up to Class 8 and later of Happy Model Higher Secondary School up to Class 12, he had joined the National Defence Academy (NDA).
His former teacher Sunil George said: “I am proud of my student. He was active since childhood and one of the top students in the class, in mathematics and games, especially. The entire nation and Udhampur particularly salutes his sacrifice.”
Captain Pawan Kumar, 23, of Jind and a Lance Naik Om Prakash, 32, also succumbed to injuries on Sunday, in the fierce operation ongoing to flush out terrorists hiding in a government complex in Pampore.