Army pays tribute to 4 slain soldiers killed in Gurez
Srinagar, August 8: Army on Wednesday paid rich tribute to four of its men who were killed during Counter Infiltration operations on Tuesday in Gurez Sector in which two militants also lost life. In a solemn ceremony at BB Cantt, Lt Gen AK Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks, paid homage to these four slain soldiers including a Major rank officer. In a show of solidarity, SP Vaid, DGP Jammu and Kashmir Police and representatives from other security agencies also joined in to pay their last respects. Late Major Kaustubh Prakash Kumar Rane, SM, Rifleman Hameer Singh, Rifleman Mandeep Singh Rawat and Gunner Vikram Jeet Singh sustained bullet injuries during the fierce operation in Kanzalwan, Gurez of Bandipora district. They were provided immediate first aid and evacuated to 92 Base Hospital but succumbed to their injuries. Major Kaustubh Prakash Kumar Rane, (29) had joined the Army in 2011 and hailed from Thane, Maharashtra. He is survived by his wife and a son. Rifleman Hameer Singh, (28) had joined the Army in 2011 and hailed from Pohkhriyal Gaon, Dunda Tehsil, Uttar Kashi, Uttarakhand. He is survived by his wife and a daughter. Rifleman Mandeep Singh Rawat was 26 years old and had joined the Army in 2012. He belonged to Village Shivpur of Kotdwar in Uttarakhand and is survived by his mother. Gunner Vikram Jeet Singh, (25) had joined the Army in 2014. He belonged to Village Tepla of Brara Tehsil in Ambala, Haryana and is survived by his wife. The mortal remains of the slain soldiers were flown for last rites to their native places, where they would be laid to rest with full military honours.