• Home
  • National News
  • Two Indian Air Force commandos, two militants killed in encounter in J-K’s Bandipora.
Two Indian Air Force commandos, two militants killed in encounter in J-K’s Bandipora.
National  
Hindustan Times

 
Two Indian Air Force commandos, part of a joint security team, and two militants were killed in a gunfight in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Wednesday morning.
 
It is a rare loss for the IAF in the Valley as it is not involved in day-to-day anti-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir.
 
The two men were from IAF’s elite unit the Garud Commando Force. They were training with the army for operational experience, army spokesman Rajesh Kalia said.

 

 
The gunfight started when a joint patrol of the army, police and Garud commandos cordoned off an area in Hajin Bandipora after being alerted about the presence of militants, sources said.
 
The militants opened fire early in the morning, injuring the two men who later died of their wounds.
 
Kalia said the gunfight was intense. “Two terrorists were killed and two air force Garud paras were martyred in the action,” he said.
 
The firing had stopped and search operations were on, local sources said.
 
The identity of militants, suspected to be from Pakistan-based Lashkar-a-Taiba, was yet to be ascertained.
 
 
The security forces have stepped up the offensive in the Valley with the government hardening its stand against militants after violent street protests and attacks on security personnel in the border state.
 
The Garud force, tasked with guarding air force bases, trained in fight terrorists and insurgents and in search and rescue, origins lie in Jammu and Kashmir.
 
The need for a dedicated force was felt when militants attacked two air bases in Jammu and Kashmir in 2001. The first batch of Garuds was unveiled on February 6, 2004. It was Garud force that led the operation to flush out militants from Pathankot air base in January 2016.

 
 


 
 


 
More in National
"Apologising To Nation...": PM Says 3 Farm Laws To Be Cancelled

Prime Minister Narendra Modi defended the laws saying they were meant as reforms, mainly for small and marginal farmers in the country.

Recently posted . 89 views

West Bengal bans gutkha, pan masala for one year

The Mamata Banerjee government had decided to ban gutkha, betel spice and several other tobacco products in 2019. In 2013, the state government had banned khaini,...

Recently posted . 84 views

How iconic Naini lake in Nainital got destroyed

To make place for more tourists, officials tinkered with original system meant to drain Naini lake’s excess water even as hotels took over a natural reservoir...

Recently posted . 62 views

Explained: Why India Is Facing An Energy Crisis Right Now

The energy crisis in Europe and particularly in the UK - after the shortage of truck drivers, who ferry fuel to pumps, due to Brexit and COVID-19 induced pandemic -...

Recently posted . 92 views

Tata-Air India deal: Jairam Ramesh shares Indira Gandhi’s letter to JR...

"You were not merely Chairman, but the founder and nurturer who felt deep personal concern,” former PM Indira Gandhi's note read.

Recently posted . 85 views

Planning Law To Use Sound Of Indian Instruments Only For Car Horns: Ni...

Nitin Gadkari said he was also studying the sirens used by ambulances and police vehicles and replace them with a more pleasant tune played on the All India Radio.<...

Recently posted . 87 views

 
 
 

Prashnavali

Thought of the day

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
Confucius