SRINAGAR, AUG 13: Army paid befitting tributes to two of its comrades who attained martyrdom during counter militancy operations in south Kashmir district of Shopian and Krishna Ghati sector, a Defence Ministry spokesman said.
He said in a solemn ceremony at Badami Bagh Cantonment, Lt Gen JS Sandhu, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks, paid homage to the martyrs on behalf of a proud nation.
Representatives and Officials from the State Government and other security agencies also joined in paying their last respects to the martyrs.
Three militants were also gunned down by the security forces in the encounter which ensued last night and ended this morning.
Martyr Sepoy Gawai Sumedh Waman, 25 years of age, had joined the Army in 2011 and hailed from Village Lonagra in Akola, Maharashtra. He is survived by his parents, one brother and one sister.
Coming from Village Kandani of Sivagangai district in Tamil Nadu, the young martyr Sepoy Ilayaraja P was also 25 years of age and had donned the uniform in 2012. He is survived by his parents, wife and sister. The mortal remains of the martyrs were flown for last rites to their native places, where they would be laid to rest with full military honours. In this hour of grief, the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved families of the martyrs and remains committed to their dignity and well-being.
Meanwhile last tributes were paid to Naib Subedar Jagram Singh Tomar, who was martyred on the Line of Control (LoC) in KG Sector on 12th August while responding valiantly to unprovoked firing by Pakistan at the Line of Control (LoC).
Wreath laying ceremony was organized at Rajouri, where wreath was laid by General Officer Commanding Ace of Spades division and all ranks. Wreaths were also laid on behalf of Army Commander Northern Command and General Officer Commanding White Knight Corps. The mortal remains of the soldier is being sent to his native village for performing the last rites. Naib Subedar Jagram Singh Tomar, 42 years, belongs to Village Tarsana, PO Porsa, District Morena, MP. He is survived by wife Smt Omavati Devi, one son and one daughter. Naib Subedar Jagram Singh Tomar was a dedicated, brave and sincere soldier and a thorough professional. He loved his job to the core. The nation will remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty. He will continue to motivate the future generations.