J&K encounter: Death toll in Pampore touches six

Deceased include 3 from elite Para unit, 2 CRPF jawans and a civilian

Srinagar: Two captains were among three army personnel from elite Para unit who lost their lives yesterday in a fierce encounter with militants holed up inside a government building in Pampore town, taking the death toll to five in the two-day operation.

A security personnel takes position outside the EDI building. Pic/Pti
A security personnel takes position outside the EDI building. Pic/Pti

A fire broke out this afternoon at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) building, from where nearly 100 people had been evacuated to safety following the stand-off.

Captain Pawan Kumar, a young officer from Haryana’s Jind area, and Captain Tushar Mahajan from Udhampur district were killed in militant firing as security forces tried to make their way into the building, an army official said.

As the security forces exchanged heavy gunfire with the holed up militants, another soldier from the Para unit, Om Prakash, was wounded and taken to 92 Base Hospital of the Army at Badamibagh Cantonment where he succumbed to his injuries.

Two CRPF jawans and a civilian were killed and nine other jawans injured when militants opened fire on a CRPF convoy on Saturday afternoon.

The ultras then took shelter inside the EDI building, triggering a stand-off.

'Proud of son's sacrifice'

The father of Captain Pawan Kumar said he is proud of the sacrifice made by his only child. “I had only one child and I gave him to the Army, to the nation. No father can be prouder,” Rajbir Singh was quoted as saying by an Army spokesman.

Number of staffers and students evacuated to safety by the security forces from the EDI building

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