November 2016 News

Day 2: Troops Continue Combing Operation At Nagrota Army Camp

30 November 2016
Rising Kashmir

Jammu: The army men on Tuesday continued search operation in their camp at Nagrota, where seven army men including two officers and three fidayeen were killed in militant attack yesterday. Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag visited the Nagrota-based 16 Corps headquarters to review the security situation after yesterday's militant attack. 'Combing operation resumed this morning at the camp. The area has to be cleared. Operation is on to see whether there is presence of any other militant in the area. We cannot take chances,' a senior army officer said. He said army men were conducting extensive searches to ensure that none of the militants is hiding inside. 'The combing operation to sanitise the area was nearing end,' the official said. The official said blinds (unexploded shells) were destroyed at the site of the militant attack by a bomb disposal team during the combing operation. A group of heavily armed militants wearing police uniforms stormed the heavily fortified army camp at Nagrota, three kilometers from 16 Corps headquarters, early yesterday morning. In the day long gunfight, seven army men including two Majors and three militants were killed. The slain army men were identified as Major Gosavi Kunal Mannadir, 33, of Village Pandharpur, Distt Solapur, Maharashtra; Major Akshay Girish Kumar, 31, of Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka; Havaldar Sukhraj Singh, 32, of Village Maan Nagar, District Gurdaspur, Punjab; Lance Naik Kadam Sambhaji Yeshwantro, 32, of Village Janapuri, Loha, Nanded, Maharashtra; Grenadier Raghvendra Singh, 28, of Village Gadijatar, District Dholpur, Rajasthan; Rifleman Asim Rai, 32, of village Ratanchha, Khotang, Nepal and Naik Chittranjan Debbarma, 37, of village Garingpara, Bada Maidan Bazaar, West Tripura district, Tripura. Meanwhile, army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag arrived in Nagrota in the afternoon and was briefed by the top commanders on the militant attack on the army camp. He was also briefed about the combing operations. He reviewed the security aspect post militant attack and paid tributes to the troopers killed in the strike. General Dalbir laid wreath on the mortal remains of the slain troopers and paid rich tributes to them 'The mortal remains of the army men will be taken to their respective hometowns where their last rites will be performed by the family members. The Army stands beside the bereaved families in their loss and shares their grief and pain,' a defence spokesman said.