New Delhi: Indian Army on Tuesday denied that slain soldier Sandeep Singh was part of the 4 Para (Special Forces) unit which conducted surgical strikes at the terror launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar in September 2016. Lance Naik Sandeep Singh lost his life in an anti-infiltration operation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Also Read - 'J&K up For Sale': Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti Slam Centre Over New Land Law
Lance Naik Sandeep Singh had sustained bullet injuries in the terror operation in which five terrorists were killed. Even though he was provided immediate first-aid and admitted to 92 Base Hospital, he succumbed to his injuries. Also Read - You Can Buy Land in Jammu And Kashmir Now, Home Ministry Issues Gazette Notification
Speaking to IANS, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, Defence Ministry spokesman, said that reports about Lance Naik Sandeep Singh being a member of the Army’s Special Forces that took part in the September 2016 Surgical Strike are “unfounded”. Also Read - BJP's J&K Unit Celebrates Accession Day With Fervour
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday mentioned Sandeep Singh in his address in Lucknow saying such incidents hurt the government more. “Recently a BSF Jawan was martyred in firing by Pakistan. People may not know but whenever such incident happens we get sleepless nights. Our jawans are the country’s pride,” he said.
The Army paid tributes to the Lance Naik. “In a solemn ceremony at Badami Bagh Cantonment, Lieutenant General A.K. Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander, and all ranks paid homage to the martyr on behalf of a proud nation,” Colonel Kalia said. Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh was also present during the occasion.
30-year-old Singh, who belonged to Kotla Khurd village in Gurdaspur district of Punjab, had joined the Indian Army in 2007.