Budgam, Oct 9: A soldier from 53 Rashtriya Rifles was killed when militants reportedly fired upon a search party on Saturday night in Drang area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
Sources said that Army was conducting search operation in Drang village when militants reportedly fired upon a soldier. The soldier whom police identified as Subedar Rajkumar of 53 Rashtriya Rifles stationed at Drang was shifted to JVC hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
The soldier according to doctors died due to blood loss.
Another source said that Army man was killed due to accidental fire, however, Srinagar based Defense Spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the soldier was killed in cross-fire.
“A patrol party of a local army camp came under fire in Drang village. The fire was returned. However, one army man was killed in cross-fire,” he said.
Meanwhile, Army paid tribute to the departed soldier.
In a solemn ceremony at BB Cantt, Lt Gen JS Sandhu, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks, paid homage to the slain soldier on behalf of country. In a show of solidarity, representatives from other security agencies also joined in paying their last respects to the slain soldier.
The 47 year old slain soldier had joined Army in 1990 and hailed from Village Khanni in Himachal Pradesh. He is survived by his wife Toshi Devi and two sons.
The mortal remains of the slain soldier were flown for last rites to his native place, where he would be laid to rest with full military honours. (CNS)