Kupwara encounter: Army pays tributes to jawan killed while foiling infiltration bid

| Updated: Jul 24, 2016 22:42 IST

Srinagar, July 24 (ANI): The Indian Army today paid tributes to Naik Anup Kumar Thapa, who was killed while foiling an infiltration bid by terrorists in the Keran Sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district yesterday. In a ceremony at Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar, Lieutenant General Satish Dua, the Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks of Chinar Corps paid homage to the patriot. Thapa was part of his unit's Specialist Operational Team that intercepted a group of terrorists which was attempting to infiltrate the line of control. "In the ensuing exchange of fire, Nk Anup sustained a gunshot wound but unmindful of his injuries, he continued to engage the terrorists till they fled back," the statement by the Army said. "He was given first aid at the encounter site itself and thereafter evacuated but unfortunately, the braveheart succumbed to his injuries," the statement added. The 41-year-old soldier had joined the Army at the age of 19 years and had a lot of experience in counter terrorist operations. He is survived by his wife Nutan Thapa and two children, aged 10 and three years. His mortal remains would be taken to his native village Dattakali Mandir in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. (ANI)