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    Centre may set up a force to induct Naga insurgent group’s armed cadre

    NEWDELHI: The Union home ministry and the Issak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) have discussed creating a special auxiliary regiment, or an armed police force on the lines of the India Reserve Battalion (IRB) to induct the armed cadres of the Naga insurgent group, a senior home ministry official has said.

    HT FILE■ The proposal is part of the Centre’s deliberations with the NSCN­IM with whom a Framework Agreement was signed in 2015.The proposal is part of the Centre’s deliberations with the NSCN-IM with which a Framework Agreement had been signed in 2015 to find a permanent solution to the Naga conflict.

    The government has so far not revealed the contents of the Framework Agreement but a high ranking official of the ministry of home affairs (MHA), who is part of the peace process with the Naga group, said the Centre and the NSCN-IM have discussed recommending that “heavily armed cadres of the insurgent group” form a new unit that will operate under the government’s watch.

    “Our government is dedicated to achieving a peaceful solution to the Naga issue and channeling the armed cadres to form such a force under the government of India will ensure peace and prosperity for the state,” the ministry official said on the condition of anonymity.

    The official added that details such as the time frame of establishing the regiment, recruitment for the top brass of the said regiment or whether or not the insurgent group will give up its weapons are yet to be worked out.

    Under the current arrangement, which came about after the government signed a ceasefire agreement with NSCN-IM in 1997, cadres of the insurgent group remain armed when they are in their camps located in Nagaland, the official added.

    Former home secretary GK Pillai said the decision to induct NSCN-IM cadres must be a part of the final step of rehabilitation package for the insurgents.

    “In the past, too, we had raised two BSF battalions comprising surrendered Naga militants. Same has been done in left-wing affected areas and in Kashmir. There must be between 4,000-5,000 armed NSCN-IM cadres and the government ideally should provide an income source as part of the peace deal to keep them away returning to militant fold,” Pillai said.

    The revelation comes after tension over the government’s decision to hold assembly elections in Nagaland before the signing of the Naga peace accord subsided last week with the BJP forming an alliance with the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP). This was after civil rights groups and political parties in the state, including the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF), announced they would not contest the assembly polls scheduled for February 27 until the Naga political problem was resolved. The NSCN-IM had extended its support for boycotting elections.

    The senior home ministry official also said the government used both “hot and cold manoeuvres” to navigate the politics revolving around the election boycott call, adding that Union home minister Rajnath Singh, his deputy Kiren Rijiju and Naga interlocutor RN Ravi played key roles.

    “The NSCN-IM recently issued statement that they will not use violence to enforce election boycott call.

    “Compare the statement with the day when all political parties in Nagaland decided to boycott elections when filing of nominations too seemed to be a distant possibility.

    “We have crossed the first hurdle, nominations have been filed. Now let’s have faith in Naga people for turning up to vote,” the official said.

     

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    Veterans educated on Army welfare schemes

    Veterans educated on Army welfare schemes
    The meet was aimed at addressing issues of ex-servicemen and acquainting them with various schemes and programmes for improving the quality of life.

    Our Correspondent

    Palampur, February 11

    The DAH division of the Army in continuation with its effort to reach out to veterans organised an ex-servicemen meet at the local Army cantonment today.The meet was another stepping stone towards educating the veterans and veer naris on various welfare schemes and measures for uplifting the ex-servicemen.The meet was attended by hundreds of ex-servicemen and ‘veer naris’ coming from different parts of Kangra, Mandi and Hamirpur districts.The meet was aimed at addressing issues pertaining to the ESM (ex-servicemen) and acquaint them with various schemes and programmes for enhancing the quality of life of the veterans.Brigadier Charandeep Singh, Station Commander of Palampur, addressed the ex-servicemen and educated them on the ECHS facility available in the state. He encouraged the ex-servicemen to register themselves so that they could avail all medical facilities provided by the Army free of cost.The ex-servicemen enquired regarding extension of these facilities to the remote areas for which the Station Commander assured that necessary steps were being taken. The ex-servicemen were assured that the local Army authorities’ endeavour was to educate the veterans on various welfare schemes and address their grievances for an early resolution, it said.The veterans showed great enthusiasm by actively participating in the meet. The vibrant atmosphere of the ex-servicemen meet was truly reflective of their energies. Ex-servicemen were also educated how to apply online for the ECHS smart card. The paramedics team from the ECHS polyclinic conducted screening of patients from among the ex-servicemen.


    Pak is living in ‘fool’s paradise’, says Farooq Abdullah

    Pak is living in ‘fool's paradise’, says Farooq Abdullah
    Former CM of Jammu & Kashmir Farooq Abdullah showing his golfing skills at Imperial Golf Estate near Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

    Ludhiana, February 11

    Pakistan is living in a fool’s paradise in thinking that it could ever capture Kashmir, Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said here on Sunday.The National Conference chief emphatically said “Kashmir was, is, and will remain an integral part of India”.”Pakistan is living in a fool’s paradise in thinking that it could ever capture Kashmir…Pakistan should better think of itself and its future rather than keeping an eye on Kashmir,” Abdullah told reporters at Imperial Golf Club in Mullanpur, about 25 km from here.In reply to a question, Abdullah said that peaceful co-existence was the only solution and war would lead to total destruction of all.”War would only spell disaster, the type of which can be seen in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and some other nations,” he said.Abdullah had yesterday warned that India would not keep from waging war on Pakistan if it did not stop sending terrorists.His remark came after Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked an Army camp in Jammu, killing two junior commissioned officers and injuring 6 others, including a Major and a daughter of an Army personnel.”If Pakistan continued to send militants, India would not stop itself from waging war against it,” he said yesterday.Meanwhile, he also responded on a senior lawmaker of the National Conference raising Pro-Pakistan slogans in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly.”Fools could be found in every party. God knows what he had eaten up or consumed on that day. But we cannot shoot him now,” he said when asked to react on party MLA Mohammad Akbar Lone’s pro-Pakistan sloganeering yesterday.Notably, the NC has already distanced itself from Lone’s sloganeering which had come at a time when the operation to flush out terrorists from the Sunjuwan camp in Jammu was underway.To a question, Abdullah expressed grave concern over the unabated rise in the prices of petroleum products.Meanwhile, the NC president called upon the union government to promote the game of golf through ministry of sports. — PTI 


    NIA team visits Army camp attacked by JeM terrorists in Jammu

    NIA team visits Army camp attacked by JeM terrorists in Jammu
    An Indian Army vehicle moves outside their camp after militants attacked the camp on Saturday, in Jammu. Reuters

    Jammu, February 11

    A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team on Sunday visited the Sunjuwan Army camp attacked by a group of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists and examined the evidence collected by the Army from the site of the gun battle, an official said.Six people, including five Army personnel, were killed while ten others were injured in the attack by JeM terrorists.Three terrorists were also killed in retaliatory action as the operation which began yesterday continued for a second day inside the sprawling military station along the Jammu- Pathankot bypass here.Though a case has not been registered yet, the NIA team inspected the encounter site inside the camp and examined the evidence collected by the Army, the official said, on condition of anonymity.The NIA is mandated to probe all terror-related cases in the country as per an act of Parliament.NIA is already investigating the November 2016 Nagrota attack case in which seven Army personnel, including two officers, and three terrorists were killed.It has already submitted a charge-sheet in the Pathankot air base attack case in which it had named JeM founder Masood Azhar as an accused.The attack on the Pathankot air base took place on the intervening night of January 1-2, 2016. It claimed the lives of seven security personnel. Four terrorists were also gunned down by the security forces while repulsing the attack.Since this (Sunjuwan) attack was also the handiwork of JeM terrorists, the NIA is looking for its link with previous cases which will help them in building a stronger case against Azhar and India can make a firm case at the United Nations, the official said. — PTI


    JCO fought terrorist with bare hands; saved kin

    JCO fought terrorist with bare hands; saved kin
    Security personnel take position around the army family quarters at Sunjuwan Military Station during the terrorist attack, in Jammu on Sunday. PTI

    Bakrah (Kathua), February 11

    He faced a group of heavily-armed desperate terrorists with bare hands, took scores of bullets on his chest and arms, yet ensured that the assailants could not inflict much harm on his family.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)Subedar Madan Lal Choudhary, 50, eventually fell to the AK 47 bullets fired by the terrorists, who attacked his quarter at Sunjuwan Army station in Jammu, but still foiled their plan to cause maximum damage.A pall of gloom descended on this non-descript hamlet after the news of Madan Lal Choudhary’s death reached here.Yet, the people of the border belt of Hiranagar in Kathua district are proud of the brave son of soil who took on armed intruders with bare hands and saved his family and kin.Madan Lal Choudhary’s family had come to his quarter in the Military Station, Sunjuwan, as they need to shop for the wedding of a relative.”He mustered a lot of courage and saved the life of other family members very tactically by not allowing the terrorists to enter his quarter,” his brother Surinder Choudhary said.Surinder Choudhary said his his brother managed to facilitate the exit of family members from the back as he blocked the entry of terrorists.However, Madan Lal Choudhary’s 20-year-old daughter Neha received a bullet injury in the leg while his sister-in-law Paramjeet also received minor injuries. But all of them managed to survive.”I am proud of my younger brother who braved bullets, fought heavily-armed militants with bare hands to save family members and kin. Had he failed to save them, the entire family would have been wiped out. He foiled the militants’ plan to cause maximum causalities,” Surinder Choudhary said.Madan Lal Choudhary, who rose to the post of a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) — a Subedar — belonged to a family of defence force personnel.His elder brother Shamsher Singh is an ex-serviceman, his son Ankush a Captain in the Indian Army, and his nephew Sandeep is in the Indian Air Force.He is survived by father Inder Chand and mother Banti Devi besides three brothers.The elderly parents father and mother were unaware about their loss till last evening even as the people and relatives thronged their residence.It was only when Madan Lal Choudhary’s wife Karamjeet and his elder brother Shamsher reached home, that they were told the news of his death.People of the village, who witnessed the terror of partition in 1947 and are refugees from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), were proud of Madan Lal Choudhary’s sacrifice.”We are proud of him. He has fought armed terrorists with bare hands and save all of the family members and some kin. He should be awarded,” Dhyan Chand, a villager, said.Family members, however, lament that at a time they were preparing for the marriage of his nephew Sandeep in April, they are forced to come to grips with this painful reality.Five Army men, including two JCOs, and a father of another personnel died and 11 injured in a attack by JeM terrorists on the Army camp in Sunjwan in Jammu city. — PTI 


    Fallen soldiers’ kin wait for bodies

    Fallen soldiers’ kin wait for bodies
    The grieving family members of Subedar Mohammad Ashraf Mir at Maidanpora on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Amin War

    Majid Jahangir

    Tribune News Service

    Srinagar, February 11

    A pall of gloom has descended on the villages of four Kashmiri soldiers who were martyred in a fidayeen attack at the Sunjuwan Army camp in Jammu.Subedar Mohammad Ashraf Mir of Maidanpora, Lolab, and Havildar Habibullah Qureshi of Batapora Hyhama, both from the frontier Kupwara district in north Kashmir; Lance Naik Mohammmad Iqbal Sheikh from Nageenpora, Tral, Pulwama, and Lance Naik Manzoor Ahmed from Kulgam district, were killed in the gunfight. Lance Naik Iqbal’s father was also killed in the attack.As the families waited for the bodies of the soldiers, residents of adjacent areas rushed to the villages of the martyrs.At Maidanpora, over 110 km from Srinagar, villagers started visiting the Mir family after the news about his death in the Jammu attack spread.“We came to know that he died on Saturday,” Subedar Mir’s father Ghulam Mohideen Mir said, adding that he was the only bread-earner of the family.Mir pitched for dialogue between India and Pakistan to stop the bloodshed in J&K.“Innocent people are getting killed each day and this should stop. They should talk and resolve issues,” Mohideen said.Subedar Mir, 43, was home when fidayeen barged into his quarter. A family member said militants shot him dead as he was preparing for pre-dawn prayers. His three children and wife, too, were at the quarter when he was shot dead on Saturday.The family of Havildar Qureshi at Batapora in Kupwara is also in mourning. A few family members were upset with the Army for not disclosing them about the death of the soldiers.“We came to know about (the death) through the media on Saturday. There was no news from the Army even today,” said another relative.In Tral, the Sheikh family was waiting for two bodies. Lance Naik Iqbal, 32, and his father were killed in the gunfight. He is survived by his wife and an infant son.


    CM enquires about injured in hospital Jammu: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti visited Army Hospital, Satwari, on Saturday evening and enquired about the condition of those injured in the Sunjuwan Army camp attack. The Chief Minister met the injured and wished them speedy recovery. She also interacted with the doctors attending to the injured. She promised the injured all support of the government. TNS


    Living under shadow of death on border

    The Tribune visits homes of soldiers and civilians killed in Pakistani shelling in the Jammu region. In most cases, the state government hasn’t provided succour, monetary or otherwise, to the affected families

    The Tribune visits homes of soldiers and civilians who became victims of Pakistani shelling in the Jammu region. In most cases, the state government has not provided succour, monetary or otherwise, to the affected familiesLife on the border in Jammu and Kashmir is like a conflict zone with death staring people in the face 24×7. Dependent on peace between the Indian and Pakistani forces, the residents look towards an uncertain future as there seems no end to the hostility between the two neighbours.Besides the threat to their lives, their livelihood has also been hit as farming and cattle rearing, the two major sources of income for 90 per cent of the border people, have become difficult amid shelling. Their houses have become unsafe for living as mortar shells land any time. When Pakistan rains mortar shells, residents have limited options — to migrate to relief camps established by the government, move in with their relatives in the hinterland or look for bunkers, if any.The state and the Central governments have not constructed many bunkers in border areas. The demand for five-marla plots in safer places, as committed by both governments, has also not been met.Children living in border areas are the worst sufferers as schools in the zero to 5-km radius from the border, are shut at the time of shelling.The situation for the soldiers is no less difficult as they are always in the line of fire. They have to be continuously on guard and ensure that no infiltration takes place.Since January 1, 2018, 21 persons, including nine Army personnel, three BSF men and nine civilians, have lost their lives in shelling and firing on the Line of Control and the International Border.The intensity of border shelling and firing increased following the September 18, 2016, terror attack when Pakistani-sponsored fidayeen attacked a Brigade headquarters in Uri and killed 20 soldiers.

    Martyred soldiers

    Havildar Roshan Lal, 43, Nichlah village, Samba districtDied in a missile attack on a forward post in the Bhimber Gali sector on February 4, 2018.Incident: Havildar Roshan Lal along with Captain Kapil Kundu and three other soldiers were manning their forward post in the Bhimber Gali sector of Rajouri district when the Pakistan army resorted to small-range anti-tank guided missile attack on their post and killed all four of them. Survived by his ailing father, wife and two children, Havildar Roshan Lal was the sole breadwinner of his family.Compensation: When Havildar Roshan Lal’s mortal remains were brought to his native village on February 5, hundreds of people, including Army officers and soldiers, reached there to pay their last respects to him and cremate the body with full military honours. The very next day, a couple of soldiers from Roshan Lal’s unit visited his house to complete the formalities so that the family would get the compensation from the Army on time. There has, however, been no communication from the government and no minister has visited them to offer support.Rifleman Satish Bhagat, 21, Gurasinghu village, Shamachak, JammuKilled in the Keran sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on July 12, 2017.Incident: Rifleman Satish Bhagat, the only son of Jeet Lal and Kamlesh Kumari who had joined the Army by following in the footsteps of his soldier father, was killed in the Keran sector when the Pakistani army resorted to sniper fire on July 12, 2017. His death shattered the entire family, parents and three sisters, two of whom are married. The younger sister studies in Class II.Compensation: After Rifleman Satish Bhagat’s death, his father Jeet Lal again started to work to support his family. At present, he is in Gujarat to earn a livelihood while his wife and younger daughter are alone in the village. Nobody visits them anymore. A few soldiers from Satish’s unit occasionally come to meet the family. Even after seven months of Rifleman Bhagat’s death, the state government is yet to pay compensation to the family.Subham Singh, 23, Mukandpur Choudharian village, Kathua districtKilled in a Pakistani missile attack in the Bhimber Gali sector of Rajouri on February 4, 2018.Incident: Rifleman Subham Singh became the victim of a Pakistani missile attack on a forward post in the Bhimber Gali sector of Rajouri district on February 4 while he was defending the borders by keeping the enemy at bay. Rifleman Subham Singh along with four other soldiers were given the task not to allow anyone close to the fence. For seven months, they were able to keep the infiltrators at bay. A missile attack by the Pakistani army on February 4 killed Subham Singh. He is survived by his father, a marginal farmer, mother, three sisters, two of whom are unmarried, and a younger brother.Compensation: Two ministers in the state Cabinet are from Kathua district, including Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, but none of them has visited the family to provide relief or even express condolences. The family lived in a mud house before Rifleman Subham Singh joined the Army. Life had improved but the family has been shattered by Subham’s death. The Army is still completing the documental formalities for the compensation but the government has made no efforts to provide them any relief.Havildar Ravi Paul, 42, Sarwa village, Samba districtKilled on September 18, 2016 during the Uri terror attack.Incident: In one of the deadliest terror attacks on an Army installation in Jammu and Kashmir, fidayeen from Pakistan carried out an attack on the Brigade headquarters at Uri on September 18. Eighteen soldiers were killed in the attack while two soldiers succumbed to their injuries later, taking the toll to 20. Havildar Ravi Paul, who was also killed in the attack, is survived by his wife and two sons.Compensation: When the mortal remains of Havildar Ravi Paul had reached his home in Sarwa village, ministers, local leaders, Army and police officers and officials of the district administration had joined his funeral procession. After Havildar Paul’s death, his wife Geeta Rani got a job at the Deputy Commissioner’s office. The family has received the first instalment of the compensation by the Army.

    Helpless civilians

    Gopal Dass, 43, Kanachak village, Jammu districtKilled in Pakistani shelling on January 21, 2018, at the Kanachak area along the International Border in Jammu.Incident: Gopal Dass, the binding force of the family, was killed when a mortar shell fired by Pakistan exploded in a lane near his home in Kanachak on January 21 evening when he and his elder brother Ram Dass (46) were returning home. Gopal succumbed to his injuries while being taken to a hospital in Jammu, while Ram Dass is recovering. Gopal is survived by his wife Manju Devi, son Abhimanyu and daughter Akshara.Compensation: After Gopal Dass’s death, local BJP MLA Sukhnandan Choudhary and Jammu-Poonch Lok Sabha MP Jugal Kishore assured full support to the family, which included a job to Manju Devi, admission to Abhimanyu in Sainik School and quality education for Akshara. But even after 17 days of Gopal’s death, they have not received any help. The Red Cross Society donated Rs 1 lakh to the family. Apart from that, the family has not received a single penny from the government. Being a civilian, Gopal Dass’s family will not receive any compensation from the armed forces.Gahar Singh, 50, Bera village, Suchetgarh, Jammu districtKilled in Pakistani shelling on the International Border in the RS Pura sector on January 20, 2018.Incident: Gahar Singh along with his family was at his home when a shell landed inside and he was hit by splinters. He was rushed to a nearby hospital and then to Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu, where he was declared brought dead. He was the main earning hand in the family and is survived by his wife Sukhanaya Devi and three sons, who have no source of income.Compensation: With the help of villagers, Sukhanaya Devi performed the last rites of her husband at a cremation ground in RS Pura town while she continued to live in a relief camp. Suchetgarh MLA Sham Choudhary, who is a minister in the state government, provided some money to the family for performing the last rites and managing their stay in the relief camp. Apart from that, the family has received no compensation from the state government. Though the district administration has noted down the details, the family has received no relief.Ravinder Kour, 19, Jerda village, SambaKilled in Pakistani shelling on November 1, 2016.Incident: Ravinder Kour from Jerda village of Samba district was cooking at her home when a mortar shell fired by the Pakistan army landed in the kitchen and killed her on the spot. A total of eight persons were killed on that day at various locations on the International Border when the Pakistan Rangers targeted civilian areas. Her house was severely damaged in the incident.Compensation: Ravinder Kour’s father Zorawar Singh has been moving from pillar to post to get compensation to repair his damaged house and Rs 5-lakh ex gratia promised by the state government.Marha Ram, 60, Anju Devi, 29, Rishab, 6, and Abhi, 4, residents of Rangoor Camp and Kairali villageKilled in Pakistani shelling on November 1, 2016, at Rangoor camp village of Samba district’s Ramgarh sector.Incident: On November 1, 2016, Anju Devi, a resident of Kairali village in RS Pura, along with her son Rishab had gone to her maternal home in Rangoor Camp village of Samba to celebrate Bhai Dooj when a shell landed inside the house killing four persons and injuring three others. Anju Devi, her father Marha Ram, son Rishab and nephew Abhi were killed in the incident while her brother, sister-in-law and niece were injured. Villagers were angry with the government and demanded justice.Compensation: The family suffered a huge loss in terms of lives and property. The government has paid them only Rs 5 lakh as ex gratia. Though two members of the family were killed in Pakistani shelling, the administration is yet to give compensation for the other member. Anju Devi’s family has got some ex gratia in RS Pura.Inputs from Amir Karim Tantray in Jammu, Vishal Jasrotia in Samba and Sanjay Pathak in Kathua. Compiled by Amir Karim Tantray)


    Four more bodies, terror toll 6

    Four more bodies, terror toll 6
    JCO Madan Lal Choudhary’s inconsolable wife Charnjeet Kour and other family members in Kathua on Sunday. She too received splinter injuries during the terror attack. Inderjeet Singh

    Arteev Sharma

    Tribune News Service

    JAMMU, FEBRUARY 11

    The operation to flush out Jaish terrorists from the Sunjuwan military base here stretched into the second day on Sunday, with the number of casualties rising to six as Army commandos recovered the bodies of another Junior Commissioned Officer, two soldiers and a civilian during sanitisation of residential quarters. All four were killed by the terrorists in the initial stage yesterday, the Army said. Editorial: Army camp attacked
    The six deceased were identified as Subedar Madan Lal Choudhary from Kathua, Subedar Mohd Ashraf Mir from Kupwara, Havildar Hahibullah Qurashi from Kupwara, Naik Manzoor Ahmed from Qazigund, Lance Naik Mohd Iqbal from Pulwama and his father. (Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)The Army said three heavily-armed terrorists, who managed to enter the military base in the wee hours of Saturday, had been killed. The state government had initially said four to five terrorists had stormed the camp. Unconfirmed reports suggested that two more terrorists had been eliminated. While a team of the National Investigation Agency also reached the Army camp, sources said Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and Western Army Command chief Lt  Gen Surinder Singh took an aerial survey of the operation.Meanwhile, a soldier, Gunner Kishore Kumar Munna of Chautham in Bihar, who was injured in ceasefire violation in Poonch on February 4, succumbed to his injuries today.


    JCO took bullets to save family

    JCO took bullets to save family
    JCO Madan Lal Choudhary

    Sumit Hakhoo & Sanjay Pathak

    Tribune News Service

    Bakrak village (Kathua), February 11The bravado of 50-year-old Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) Madan Lal Choudhary helped save several lives during Saturday’s terror attack.The JCO’s family was in Jammu to shop for nephew Sandeep’s marriage. Chaman Choudhary, a relative, said Madan Lal was at his quarters with wife Charnjeet Kour, daughter Neha, sister-in-law Paramjeet Kour and nephew Sandeep when terrorists tried to enter the complex.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)“I was sleeping in the lobby when a gunshot woke me up around 5 am. As I tried to move towards the door, my uncle dragged me inside a room and asked the family members to flee from the rear door,” said Sandeep. “As we tried to escape, Neha was shot in the leg, but managed to come out. My uncle was shot in the stomach and chest as he tried to block their entry,” said Sandeep.Madan Lal’s elder brother Shamsher Choudhary said: “Three generations of our family have served in the Army. His martyrdom has left us devastated. The JCO was to retire in December.”Inder Choudhary, his octogenarian father, had served in J&K Militia — raised in 1947 to resist the Pakistani invaders. Later christened Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry in 1972, Madan Lal joined the force in 1988. The martyr’s son is a commissioned officer.“My son fought terrorists with bare hands to save the family and others. He is our hero but my heart is full of sorrow,” said Inder Choudhary, as he awaited his son’s mortal remains to arrive at native Bakrak village. The martyr is survived by his parents, wife, two children, five brothers and five sisters. His daughter is undergoing treatment in Jammu.


    Sunjwan Army camp attack: Search operation under way

    Jammu, February 12

    The Army said on Monday that the search operation was under way in its Sunjwan camp, which was attacked by a group of suspected JeM terrorists, killing six people, including five soldiers.Three suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists involved in the attack were killed in the retaliatory action by the Army inside the camp and a large quantity of arms and ammunition was seized from them.“The search operation is still on (at the camp),” Jammu-based Army public relations officer Lt Col Devender Anand told PTI.A group of heavily armed men struck the sprawling camp of the 36 brigade of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry before dawn on February 10. Five Army men, including two Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs), were killed in the attack.Several blasts were heard inside the camp on Sunday evening, breaking a lull after the initial exchange of fire, but the Army said the blasts were the result of sanitisation operation and there was no fresh contact with terrorists.Parliamentary Affairs minister Abdul Rehman Veeri told the Assembly that the operation was in the final stages.He said the injured Army personnel included a Lieutenant Colonel and a Major. PTI