Bodies of slain army men flown to their native states

Srinagar: Indian Army on Sunday paid tributes to two of its soldiers who were killed on Saturday during an encounter with militants in Shopian district in South of Kashmir.

Army spokesperson said that a ceremony in this regard was held at BadamiBagh Cantonment here where Lt Gen JS Sandhu, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks, paid homage to the slain army men.

“Representatives and officials from the State Government and other security agencies also joined in paying their last respects,” the spokesperson said.

Three Hizb ul Mujahideen militants and two army men were killed during the encounter which started on Saturday afternoon in Awneera village of the district.

The slain army men were identified as Sep Gawai Sumedh Waman, 25 years of age, who 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 another army man Seoyp Ilayaraja P was also 25 years in age and had joined the Indian army in 2012.

He is survived by his parents, wife and sister.

“The mortal remains of the slain men were flown for last rites to their native places, where they would be laid to rest with full military honours,” the spokesperson said.