Poonch encounter: One Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and a soldier have lost their lives in a counter-terrorist operation in the Nar Khas forest area, Mendhar sub-division of Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, the Indian Army said on Friday.
They were injured on Thursday in the Poonch encounter. Indian Army troops along with the Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police have launched a search operation in this dense forest.
According to police, vehicular traffic has been suspended on the highway between Bhimber Gali and Surankote.
On October 11, a junior commissioned officer (JCO) and four soldiers of the Indian Army were martyred during a counter-terrorist operation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri sector in the Pir Panjal ranges.
Of five Army personnel who were martyred in the Poonch encounter in Jammu and Kashmir, three of them were from Punjab.
They were Naib Subedar Jaswinder Singh, Naik Mandeep Singh, and Sepoy Gajjan Singh.
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi had announced an ex-gratia of Rs 50 lakh and a government job to one member of the bereaved families of Jaswinder Singh, Mandeep Singh, and Gajjan Singh.