Bear Mauls Jawan, Critical
KUPWARA: A Road Opening Party (ROP) came under fire when they were busy searching orchards along the road between Hanga and Marthgam hamlets in North Kashmirs Handwara town.
Bullets hit one army jawan while another jawan was injured after a ferocious bear mauled him when the same army party was looking for militants in nearby forests.
An army soldier, part of the ROP from 30 RR said that as usual they were busy in searching orchards and clearing road for an army convoy early today. Between Hanga and Marthgam hamlets, we saw two persons sleeping under a blanket in a nearby orchard. As we approached towards them, one of them brandished an AK-47 rifle in air and opened fire on us. Hawaldar Ravi Maggrey, a resident of Maharashtra was injured. Before we could retaliate, both the militants fled from the spot, he said.
Commander, 7 sector told CNS that that it was very unfortunate that a stray bear mauled one of our jawan, Ravi Kumar, resident of Jammu when the party was searching for militants in a nearby forest. Both the injured jawans from 30 RR were shifted to Army Hospital Srinagar.
Reports said that besides 30 RR, army jawans from 6 and 21 RR rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area to flush out the militants. However, Army called off the operation after it failed to trace militants.
Meanwhile, militants after opening indiscriminate fire at Ganie Mohalla area of Doursa Wani in Lolab, Kupwara last evening gave slip to the troops of 18 RR and 28 RR. The joint team, according to sources had last month launched massive hunt to track down the newly infiltrated militant group across the Lolab forests.
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