Guntur: Sepoy Maruprolu Jaswanth Reddy won the battle against militants but lost the war with life.
A resident of Dariwada Kothapalem of Bapatla in Guntur of Andhra Pradesh, he was among two soldiers killed in action along the Line of Control (LoC) in Dadal, Sunderbani Sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The second soldier was identified as Naib Subedar Sreejith M. Two Pakistani terrorists were also shot dead in a gunfight.
Based on information regarding infiltration, the army had launched extensive search operations from June 29. Subsequently, the information was corroborated on July 8, 2021. A search and destroy patrol spotted the terrorists in the Dadal forest area.
The army spokesperson said that the terrorists opened fire and lobbed hand grenades leading to a fierce encounter in which two foreign terrorists from Pakistan were killed. Two AK-47 Rifles and a huge cache of ammunition were recovered.
This is the second incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control in two days. On Wednesday, the first such attempt by Pakistani terrorists was foiled by the army. One terrorist was reportedly killed in Wednesday's operation.
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced an exgratia of Rs 50 lakh to the family of Army Jawan M Jaswanth Reddy.
"The valour of Jaswanth Reddy, who hails from Dariwada Kothapalem village of Bapatla mandal in Guntur district, in fighting the terrorists on the border is highly commendable," said Chief Minister conveying his condolences to the bereaved family members.