An Army jawan who sustained head injuries during stone-pelting by a group of youths, died at a hospital in Srinagar on Friday, an official said, adding immediate first aid was provided to him following which he was evacuated to 92 Base Hospital, where the soldier succumbed to injuries.
“Sepoy Rajendra Singh was part of a quick reaction team which was providing security to a Border Roads Organisation (BRO) convoy on Thursday,” the Army official said.
“At around 1800 hrs, when the convoy was passing through the Anantnag bypass tri-junction near NH-44, few youths hurled stones at the vehicle and Singh was injured after being hit by a stone directly on the head,” he added.
Singh had joined the Army in 2016 and is survived by his parents. He was a resident of Uttarakhand’s Badena village.
The Army on Friday paid tributes to him and two other jawans -Lance Naik Brajesh Kumar, Sepoy Ngamsiamliana, who were killed in separate anti-militancy operations in Kashmir valley.
“In a solemn ceremony at Badamibagh cantonment here, General Officer Commanding of Chinar Corps of the Army Lt Gen A K Bhatt and all ranks paid homage to the martyrs on behalf of a proud nation,” the official said.
Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh and representatives from various security agencies also joined in paying the last respects to the soldiers, he added.
Kumar (32) sustained splinter injuries during a fierce operation against militants in Sopore area of Baramulla district on Friday.
Two militants were also killed in the operation, the official said.
“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 families of the bravehearts and remains committed to their dignity and wellbeing,” the official said.