Army Pays Tribute to Soldier Martyred During Operation in Kupwara

The Indian Army refuted several media reports suggesting that the soldier had taken part in the surgical strikes.

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The Indian Army on Tuesday, 25 September, paid tributes to Lance Naik Sandeep Singh, who lost his life along the Line of Control (LoC) on Monday during an anti-infiltration operation.

As a gunfight broke out in the Tangdhar sector in north Kashmir's Kupwara district, Sandeep Singh sustained bullet injuries and succumbed to them later. The operation also left five terrorists dead.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army refuted several media reports suggesting that Singh had taken part in the surgical strikes in September 2016.

Colonel Rajesh Kalia, the Defence Ministry spokesperson, told IANS in Srinagar that reports about Lance Naik Sandeep Singh being a member of the Army's Special Forces that took part in the September 2016 Surgical Strike are "unfounded".

After the ceremony by the Indian Army at Badami Bagh cantonment in Jammu and Kashmir, Singh’s remains were brought to his village in Punjab’s Gurdaspur.

Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh and representatives from various security agencies were present at the ceremony.

I just want to tell the government that this daily routine should stop. A soldier is dying everyday. This should stop. All these politicians are sitting inside their houses watching these incidents and news on television.
Mandeep Singh, Sandeep’s brother, to ANI

Army chief Bipin Rawat offered condolences to his family and acknowledged Sandeep’s sacrifice.

Colonel Kuljinder Singh said his death was a “great loss” for the country.

It’s glory in death. It’s a proud thing to die for the nation, but it’s a very great loss for everyone, especially for the family and the country. .
Colonel Kuljinder Singh to ANI
Sandeep Singh
Sandeep Singh
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The 30-year-old is survived by his wife and a five-year-old son and had joined army in 2007.

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