Srinagar, BB Cantt. Army today paid a befitting tribute with full military honours to its valiant martyrs Captain Tushar Mahajan and Lance Naik Om Parkash who attained martyrdom yesterday during an operation in Pampore which broke out on 21 Feb 2016 and is still underway.
Homage was paid to the valour and sacrifice of the Martyrs in a solemn ceremony held at Badami Bagh Cantonment. Late Captain Tushar Mahajan and Lance Naik Om Prakash were members of the team that had launched an operation on 21 Feb 2016, against the terrorists who ambushed CRPF personnel and took refuge in the JKEDI Building Pampore, South Kashmir and were instrumental in clearing major portion of the multi storeyed building where the terrorists had hidden. In this process, they engaged the terrorists at close quarters and in the ensuing firefight, suffered grievous injuries to which they later succumbed.
Born to a family of educationists from Udhampur, Captain Tushar Mahajan is proudly remembered by his peers for his indomitable spirit and a very high camaraderie quotient. Commissioned at the young age of 21 years in 2010, passion for adventure of this son of the soil led him to join the elite Special Forces where ‘Balidaan’ is the motto they live and serve by. He was an expert combat deep sea diver trained for special operations. The martyr is survived by his parents and a younger brother who is pursuing his education abroad.
The 32 years old Lance Naik Om Prakash was a seasoned commando with 13 years of operational experience. He had been wounded earlier in 2005 when he had saved a comrade during a counter terrorist operation. Later, again for his gallantry in similar operations, he was awarded with the "Asadharan Suraksha Seva Praman Patra" by the Prime Minister of India on 15 Aug 2013. Late Lance Naik Om Prakash, hailed from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh and is survived by his parents, wife and two 7 and 3 years old daughters.
Paying homage to the martyrs on behalf of the entire Chinar Corps fraternity, Lt Gen Satish Dua, Chinar Corps Commander said that the Army and nation salute their sacrifice and that their sacrifice would not go in vain. He saluted their bereaved families and offering his condolences for their loss, he reinforced Army’s commitment towards their honour and wellbeing.
Conglomerate of militant organizations United Jihad Council Monday declared that it will confer bravery award ‘Hilal-eShujhat’ -to the three militants who were killed after a 48 hour long gun battle with Indian troopers in South Kashmir’s Pampore town.Spokesperson UJC Syed Sadaqat Hussain told CNS over phone from Muzafarabad that organization Chief Syed Salahuddin convened a special meeting to offer glorious tribute to the three slain militants.He said that Syed Salahuddin while lauding the role and boldness of these militants said that India should read clear writing on the wall.He said all the three militants fought valiantly.The attacks on the Indian forces will be intensified and our militants will continue to target Indian establishments,” he said.We thank people of Jammu and Kashmir especially the people of Pampore for expressing solidarity and standing by them (militants) during the gun fight with Indian troopers,” he said. jknn