Soldier killed during encounter in Kupwara

Baramulla: A soldier of the Indian army was killed during an encounter with the militants in a forest area of Kupwara district in north Kashmir.
The government forces including the army’s 21 RR and SOG had launched an anti-militancy operation in Watsar forests in Handwara area of the district on Tuesday following information about the presence of militants in the area, the sources told Kashmir Reader.
As the forces reached near the area, militants hidden in the dense forests fired towards them, resulting in a brief encounter. The forces suspended the operation for the night, they said.
When the operation was resumed on Wednesday morning, the forces found Om Veer Singh, a soldier, lying on the ground.
He was taken to the hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead, the sources said.
The exact cause of his death could not be known.
Meanwhile, the forces called off the operation after they could not find any militants.