Soldier slips to death as militants escape in Handwara

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Soldier slips to death as militants escape in Handwara
KG News Desk
Srinagar, May 11: A soldier slipped to death during a search and cordon operation to flush out militants who had fled forces cordon after a gunfight in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Militants last night managed to flee forces cordon in Watser area of Rajwar in Kupwara after engaging government forces in a brief gunfight, official sources said here.
Defence sources said that after receiving information about the presence of two to three militants, the army’s 21 launched a massive search operation in Watser area in Zachaldara for the hiding militants.
The sources said that following the gunfight which raged in the village close to the forests in the frontier district, the militants – who were believed to be two to three in number – exchanged brief gunfire with forces. However, later in the night they managed to break the military cordon and escaped.
Official sources told news agency GNS that the Lance Naik Om Veer Singh of 21 RR who was part of search party who had laid outer cordon to track down the fleeing militant group when suddenly he fell down into a gorge in the area. “As the soldier falls in the gorge, and collided with a heavy stone resulting,” they said.
In the mishap, the soldier suffered a massive head injury and was immediately shifted to army’s 92 Base Hospital here in Srinagar for specialized treatment. Om Veer SIngh, a resident of Jhunnuin Rajasthan later succumbed to injuries.