Anantnag Encounter: The body of a soldier who went missing during an encounter in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir was found around 5 pm on Monday evening. During the encounter with terrorists in Anantnag on Wednesday, Commanding Officer of 19 Rashtriya Rifles, Colonel Manpreet Singh, Major Ashish Dhonchak and DSP of Police Humayun Muzamil Bhat were martyred. With this, the number of security forces killed during the ongoing operation increased to 5.
According to media reports, the body of constable Pradeep Singh was recovered from the Kokernag encounter site on September 18 at around 5 pm. The 27-year-old constable, with seven years of service in the army, was a resident of Patiala, Punjab. He is survived by his wife Seema Rani. He was reported missing since September 13.
Operation still going on
It is noteworthy that the body of the missing soldier killed on the first day was recovered along with a burnt body. Security forces have recovered a burnt body of a terrorist, which could be that of a terrorist, from Kokernag area. Although the burnt body has not been identified yet, the security forces may conduct a DNA test to identify it.
The Kokernag anti-terrorist operation that has been going on for the last seven days in Anantnag district is the longest operation in the last two decades. Intermittent firing and explosions were reported during the night and this morning. Security officials have confirmed that the search operation is still ongoing. Officials said security forces were using drones and helicopters to monitor the dense forest, which includes several cave-like hideouts where the terrorists are believed to be hiding since Wednesday. Also, he further said that the number of terrorists could increase to two.