Lance Naik Sandeep Singh of Indian Army's 4 Para (Special Forces), unit that conducted the 2016 surgical strikes, gave his life on Monday at the Line of Control between India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir's Tangdhar.
The 30-year-old soldier, who is survived by his wife and a five-year-old-son, killed two terrorists at LoC, who were trying to infiltrate into Indian territory, at close range before succumbing to his injuries.
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Indian Amry paid tribute to braveheart: "#ArmyCdrNC and all ranks salute the supreme sacrifice of L/Nk Sandeep Singh & offer deepest condolences to the family @adgpi @PIB_India @SpokespersonMoD," Army's Northern Command's official handle tweeted.
Singh hailed from Punjab's Gurdaspur and had joined the Indian Army in 2007. He was part of the unit which conducted the surgical strike in 2016.
Yesterday, in an ongoing anti-infiltration operation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Army killed three militants, taking the total number of ultras eliminated in the operation to five.
Two militants were killed in the operation on Sunday.
"Three more terrorists have been killed today as the Army foiled an infiltration attempt along the LoC in Tangdhar sector (in north Kashmir's Kupwara district)," an Army spokesman said.
He said two militants were killed in the gun battle which began on Sunday after alert troops noticed suspicious movement near the LoC.
“One gallant soldier has been martyred in the operation,” the spokesman said, adding the operation is in progress.