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Odia jawan killed in militant attack on CRPF camp in Jammu and Kashmir


Bhubaneswar: A CRPF jawan from Odisha among five troopers were killed after militants attacked a CRPF camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama early on Sunday, an official said.

The martyred Odia CRPF jawan identified as Pradeep Kumar Panda of Liploi village in Rajgangpur of Sundergarh district. He was working with the 132 battalion of CRPF and had joined the paramilitary force in 2006.

A pall of gloom has descended upon the village soon after the sad news spread like wildfire.

Other deceased soldiers were identified as Sharief-ud-din Ganaie, Kuldip Roy, Taufail Ahmed and Rajendra Nain.

Odisha Chief Minister expressed his deep grief over Odia jawan Pradeep Panda in terrorist attack in Kashmir.

Heavily-armed militants stealthily entered the camp in Lathpora area about two hours after midnight, hurling grenades and resorting to indiscriminate gunfire.

“Five CRPF jawans were martyred in the operation that lasted for nearly 12 hours,” a police officer said.

After barging in, the two militants secured positions in the CRPF camp located on the Srinagar-Jammu highway until they were killed.

The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the daring attack on the 185 Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force.

“Security forces including Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF and state police jointly carried out an operation to flush out the militants,” the official said.

As a precaution, authorities suspended Internet facility in Pulwama district.

Traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway was halted for some time during the counter-insurgency operations. (With IANS Inputs)