Army pays tribute to soldier
The army today paid tributes with full military honours to Naik Gawade Pandurang Mahadev, who succumbed to injuries sustained during an encounter with militants in north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Saturday, a n Army spokesman said.
"Homage was paid to the valour and sacrifice of the late soldier in a solemn ceremony held at Badami Bagh Cantonment," he added.
"Naik Mahadev was critically injured in a fierce gunbattle that resulted in the killing of five heavily armed militants at Chak Drugmulla in Kupwara. The soldier was part of the column which located and engaged the militants hiding in a cluster of houses," the spokesman added.