An encounter took place between the army and the terrorists in Handwara of Jammu and Kashmir. The army has neutralised two foreign terrorists in this encounter. 5 soldiers including two army officers lost their lives in this operation. The soldiers who lost their lives include a colonel, a major, two army personnel and a sub-inspector of the Jammu and Kashmir Police.
- COLONEL ASHUTOSH SHARMA, 21 RR
- MAJOR ANUJ SOOD, 21 RR
- NAIK RAJESH, 21 RR
- LANCE NAIK DINESH, 21 RR
- SUB INSPECTOR SHAKEEL QAZI, J&K POLICE
Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, commanding officer of 21-Rashtriya Rifles lost their lives in this operation. Colonel Ashutosh was part of many successful operations. He had been part of several successful counter-terrorist operations in the past. He had been twice awarded gallantry medals for exemplary bravery in counter-terrorist Mission.
Major Anuj Sood of 21 RR sacrificed his life while fighting against terrorists in Handwara in Kashmir. He was just 31 years old.