An army major was killed
and a hawaldar injured in an encounter with
militants last evening in Doda while a
Jamat-e-Islami leader had a narrow escape in a bomb
blast in the same district.
Official sources said today
that a Rashtriya Rifles platoon led by Major Kamlesh
Pathak was on routine patrol at Sukhamali in Dessa
area, when they were ambushed by the militants. The
jawans returned the fire but Major Kamlesh Pathak
received critical bullet injuries. Rushed to a
hospital, he succumbed on the way.
A hawaldar was injured in
the encounter, the sources said.
The militants managed to
flee taking advantage of the difficult terrain. A
massive search operation was launched to nab the
militants, the sources said.
There's still some pain,
but the injury is healing fast," wrote Major
Kamlesh Pathak. He was writing to his family in Rewa,
Madhya Pradesh about the bullet wounds he sustained
earlier. Yet he insisted on rejoining his unit and
fell to enemy bullets. For countless families the
country's recent victories have been at the expense
of their dear ones' lives. The saga continues.