Army soldier missing in Anantnag encounter martyred, search operation continues on seventh day

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Anantnag encounter news: The body of a soldier who went missing during an encounter in Kokernag in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir has been recovered. Pradeep Singh, a 27-year-old Indian Army soldier, was missing since September 13. He was found dead at 5 pm on 18 September. In this way, the number of soldiers martyred in the encounter in Anantnag in South Kashmir has increased to 4. He was part of the ongoing operation against terrorists in Kokernag.

According to the information received, the Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police are still conducting search operations in the dense forests of the area. Pradeep Singh had gone missing on 13 September itself. The three other people who lost their lives in the Anantnag encounter were Colonel Manpreet Singh, Commanding Officer of the 19th Rashtriya Rifles and Major Ashish Dhonchak and DSP Humayun Muzammil Bhatt. These people were conducting a search operation based on intelligence information, when the terrorists attacked them.

Who was constable Pradeep Singh?

Constable Pradeep Singh was a resident of Patiala, Punjab. It had been seven years since he served in the Indian Army. He was part of the Sikh Light Infantry of the Army’s 19th Rashtriya Rifles. Now his wife is left in the family. According to sources, constable Pradeep Singh was part of the ‘Quick Reaction Team’ (QRT). In such a situation, it is believed that he fell victim to the bullets of terrorists on the very first day of the operation. The fittest people of the battalion are kept in QRT.

Army search operation continues

According to sources, bodies of two suspected terrorists were also recovered on Sunday and Monday. But no official statement has come on this yet. Officials said that the search operation is continuing for the seventh day on Tuesday. Security forces have deployed all surveillance resources including Israeli Heron Mk II UAV, quadcopters, night vision devices and special forces in the search operation. Jammu and Kashmir Police had told that two-three terrorists have been surrounded in the forests.

Also read: Today is the sixth day of Anantnag encounter, one terrorist killed, search for the remaining continues.

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