Major from Mumbai, three other soldiers killed near LoC

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MUMBAI/SRINAGAR: Major Kaustubh Rane (29), posted along the Line of Control in J&K, had made it a habit to call up his family at Mira Road, a Mumbai suburb, in the wee hours and let them know that he was fine. On Tuesday, a call came to his parents around the same time, informing them that their only son had been martyred.

Major Rane was killed, along with three soldiers, while foiling an infiltration bid near the LoC in Gurez sector of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district early on Tuesday morning. At least two terrorists were shot dead in the encounter, which was underway till last reports came in.

Soldiers of 36 Rashtriya Rifles intercepted the infiltrators near Govind Nullah in the Bakhtor area along the LoC, triggering a gunfight. Sources said there were eight infiltrators, four of whom fled to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The bodies of two slain terrorists could be seen, while two more are believed to be injured and hiding in the area.

The Indian soldiers who were killed…

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