Two LeT terrorists ‘encircled’ by Police in Anantnag


Srinagar: The operation to neutralise the terrorists involved in the encounter that led to the martyrdom of four security forces personnel continued for the second day on Thursday as police claimed to have “encircled” two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists in the higher reaches of Anantnag district of south Kashmir.
Gunshots were heard in the Gadole forests of Kokernag in Anantnag district in the early hours of Thursday as reinforcements were rushed to the area to take down the terrorists who were believed to be hiding in a natural cave in the mountains, the officials said.
Helicopters were seen hovering over the Gadole forests as army and police personnel maintained a tight cordon around the area, the officials said.

LG pays homage to martyred Colonel, Major
SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha laid a wreath and paid homage to Col Manpreet Singh and Major Aashish Dhonchak, who made supreme sacrifice in an operation against terrorists in Anantnag.
“My deepest condolences to their families. The grateful nation will forever remain indebted to the brave hearts,” the Lt Governor said. The mortal remains of the brave hearts will be sent to their respective native places for last rites with full military honours.

Sounds of firing could be heard throughout the day but there were no reports of any fresh casualties.
Earlier in the day, the police said it has “encircled” two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists in Anantnag district where four security forces personnel — Colonel Manpreet Singh, commanding officer of the 19 Rashtriya Rifles, Major Ashish Dhonchak, Deputy Superintendent of Police Humayun Bhat and a soldier — were martyred in the encounter on Wednesday morning.
“In solemn tribute to the unwavering valor of Col Manpreet Singh, Major Ashish Dhonchak & DSP Humayun Bhat who laid down their lives leading from the front during this ongoing operation. Our forces persist with unwavering resolve as they encircle 2 LET terrorists including Uzair Khan,” Kashmir Zone Police said in a post on X.
While Bhat was laid to rest at a graveyard near his Humhama family home, the bodies of Colonel Singh and Major Dhanchok were airlifted from Kokernag to the Army’s 92 Base Hospital at Badamibagh here this afternoon.
Officials said top army, police and civil administration officials will pay their last respects to the slain officers, before their mortal remains are sent to their native places for the last rites.
Meanwhile, scores of people turned up at the residences of Colonel Singh and Major Dhonchak, with some saying the Army should give a befitting reply to the ultras for the cowardly act.
A number of villagers turned up at the houses of Singh (in Mohali’s Mullanpur) and Dhonchak (in Panipat) in the morning.
The families of the two slain army officers were inconsolable.
The mortal remains of the two are expected to reach their respective places by the evening, the family members said.

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