In a heart-wrenching incident that has sent shockwaves across the nation, Col Manpreet Singh, Maj Ashish Dhonchak of the 19 Rashtriya Rifles, and DSP Humayun Bhat of the J&K Police lost their lives during an intense gunfight with terrorists. This tragic event unfolded in the dense forests surrounding Gadool village in Kokernag, Anantnag district.
The encounter occurred between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Intelligence inputs had indicated the presence of terrorists in the area, leading to the region being cordoned off. As security forces closed in, they faced heavy gunfire, resulting in the unfortunate demise of these brave officers.
Col Manpreet Singh and Maj Ashish Dhonchak were part of the elite 19 Rashtriya Rifles, a counter-insurgency force that has been at the forefront of anti-terror operations in the region. DSP Humayun Bhat, a dedicated officer of the J&K Police, had previously been involved in several successful operations against militants.
The incident has elicited an outpouring of grief and condolences from across the country. Leaders from various political and military backgrounds have expressed their sorrow and paid tribute to the valiant officers who laid down their lives in the line of duty.
The Anantnag encounter serves as a grim reminder of the challenges faced by security forces in the region. As investigations continue and further details of the operation emerge, the nation mourns the loss of its heroes and stands in solidarity with their bereaved families.