Bhubaneswar: An Odia jawan was martyred during an encounter between militants and security forces in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on the Republic Day today.
The deceased, identified as Hemanta Panda, hails from Atharanga village under Begunia block of Khurda district.
Panda had joined the Indian Army two years ago.
The mortal remains of Panda is expected to reach his native
village on Sunday.
A pall of gloom has descended upon the village soon after the sad news spread like wildfire.
Earlier in the day, two militants of the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) outfit were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar district, police sources said.
Both were killed in Khonmoh area on the outskirts of Srinagar city. They had planned to disrupt the Republic Day functions being held here, the sources said
Two AK-47 rifles and ammunition were recovered from their possession. The slain militants’ names were not given out.
A search operation was going on in the area.