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Srinagar, Aug 7 (PTI) An Army major and three soldiers were killed during an operation in which they foiled an infiltration
bid in Gurez area
of North Kashmir, gunning down two of the eight infiltrators, officials said.
Four infiltrators managed to return to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, while two others
were believed to have been injured and hiding in the dense forest around the region, they said.
The officials said that there was an intelligence input about an infiltration
bid by eight terrorists in Bagtore area
An Army team led by Major
Kaustubh Prakash Kumar Rane
laid a siege of the area
during the night, but were fired by the terrorists who had positioned themselves comfortably in the cover of darkness, they said.
In the encounter, 29-year-old Major Rane
and three other soldiers were killed in the terrorist firing. Two of the infiltrating militants were gunned down in the encounter which took place near Govind Nallah of Gurez, which falls in the Bandipore district
of North Kashmir, they said.
Rane, who hails from Thane district
of Mahashtra, others
who fell in the line of duty were 26-year-old riflemen Mandeep Singh Rawat, hailing from Kotdwar in Uttrakhand, Hameer Singh hailing from Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand who would have turned 28 on this Independence Day, and 25-year-old gunner Vikram Jeet Singh from Tepla village of Ambala district
The operation was continuing, they said. PTI SKL SMN
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