One colonel, one major, two jawans and sub-inspector martyred today in Handwara(J&K) gun battle

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After an intense gun battle that lasted for nearly 8 hours, an operation by security forces in Handwara town in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district has come to an end.

According to news agency, one Colonel, one major, two Army jawans and a police sub-inspector were martyred in this encounter with militants.

The Commanding Officer of 21 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) unit, Colonel Ashutosh Sharma was martyred in gun battle at Handwara area of Kashmir. He had been part of several successful counter-terrorism operations in the past.

Officials told that Colonel Ashutosh Sharma was the only commanding officer to have been decorated for gallantry a second time in Kashmir. He had received gallantry as a CO when he had saved the lives of his men by subduing a militant running towards them with a concealed grenade.

Major Anuj Sood, Naik Rajesh and Lance Naik Dinesh are the other defence personnel who got martyred today in operation in morning.

It was a joint operation launched by the J&K Police and the Indian Army upon receiving Intel that civilians were being held hostage inside a home in Changimulla, Handwara. A team comprising five security personnel entered the target area occupied by militants. They successfully managed to extricate the civilians with heavy fire from the side of militants.

Internet services were also snapped in Handwara as part of the operation.

The latest reports also suggest that the civilians stuck in the house have been evacuated safely. Two militants were killed as a result of the operation.

The Indian army carried out the final call on the battle in the first light of day to neutralize the militants hiding in the area.

Further details are awaited.

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