Thursday, June 24, 2010

Colonel killed in encounter in Kupwara

Picture courtesy: The Telegraph Calcutta: Click here

An Army Colonel, hailing from Delhi, was killed in an encounter with terrorists while carrying out counter- insurgency operations in Kuligam area in Kupwara district in Kashmir.

Colonel Neeraj Sood was the commanding officer of the 18 Rashtriya Rifles battalion there.

The unit had laid two ambushes in the area in early hours of last night and one of them made contact with militants, an Army statement said.

"On getting information about the encounter, Col Sood, along with his Quick Reaction Team, being the closest, at the Company Operating Base, rushed to the site.

In the ensuing firefight, the officer sustained a gun shot wound on his head and succumbed to his injuries," it said.

Army was continuing its operations through the day in the area, they said. Additional forces have been rushed to the spot.

Col Sood, a resident of Delhi, was commissioned into 8 Rajputana Rifles in Dec 1992, and is an alumni of the National Defence Academy.

The officer had extensive experience in counter- insurgency operations and also served as an instructor at the Army's prestigious Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School at Variengte.

The officer is survived by his wife, Priti- a house wife and an eleven year old daughter, Mishika, who is studying in class five.(ST-23/06)
Col killed in encounter in Kupwara

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