J&K Assembly observes 2-minute silence in memory of Sunjuwan victims

Newspoint Bureau

JAMMU, Feb 12: Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Monday observed two-minute silence in memory of five Army personnel and a civilian who were killed in terror strike on Sunjwan Army camp here.

A group of Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists struck the residential quarter of the sprawling camp in the early hours on Saturday and killed five army personnel and father of one of the slain jawans, besides injuring 10 others including six women and children. Three JeM terrorists were gunned down.

National Conference MLA Devender Singh Rana invited the attention of the chair towards the terror attack and suggested for a two-minute silence to pay tributes to those killed. Accepting the request of the member, Speaker Kavinder Gupta asked for observance of the two-minute silence. Soon after the House assembled this morning, NC member Mian Altaf sought a detailed statement from the government on the terror strike on the Army camp.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri said the operation at Sunjwan was in its final stage. Government today said that six persons including five soldiers and a civilian have been killed while eleven have been injured in the Sunjwan Fidayeen attack.

While making a statement in House regarding incident, Minister for Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri  said that on February 10,  militants carried out a Fidayeen attack by opening indiscriminate fire and lobbed grenades inside the camp of 36 Brigade 1st JAKLI situated in Sunjwan Jammu. He said soon after the attack, J&K Police rushed to the spot and cordoned off the whole area and later militants entered in JCO family quarters where they opened indiscriminate firing, and also exchange of firing between Army troops and militants took place.

He said five Army men namely Subedar Madan Lal Choudhary, Subedar Mohammad Asharaf Mir, Havaldar Habibullah Qureshi, Naik Manzoor Ahmed and Lance Naik Mohammad Iqbal of 1st JAKLI and father of L/NK Mohammad lqbal were killed. He said that eleven persons were also injured in the incident who have been identified as Lt Col Rohit Solanki of 6th Mahar,  Maj Avijit Singh of 6th Mahar, L/NK Bahadur Singh of 1st JAKLI, Havaldar Abdul Hamid Rashid of 1st JAKLI ,  Paramjeet Kaur-relative of Hony Lt Madan Lal Choudhary, Neha D/O Hony Lt Madan Lal Choudhary, Somati Jena S/O Havaldar Haripoda Jena, PA to 36 Bde Cdr,(Head injury), W/O Hav Satyendra, 36 Bde Camp, Daughter of Hav Satyendra, 36 Bde Camp, Sub. Rajinder Singh of 6th Mahar and wife of Rifleman Nazir Ahmed. He said the injured wife of Riflemen Nazir Ahmad was pregnant and delivered a baby at MH Satwari. He said 03 militants were also killed and firing stopped during night of February 11 at 0200 hrs and area is still under cordon- and is being sanitized.

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