Chandigarh, Nov 10 (UNI) The body of Major Virender Singh Sandhu, who was killed in an encounter in Pattan area of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday, was flown to Chandigarh Air Force Station today.
A wreath was laid on the mortal remains of Major Sandhu at the station on behalf of General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command. The body was later moved to Jalandhar, his native place, for performing the last rites.
It was on November 6, that the Army had received information of presence of a group of foreign terrorists in Sada Bhawana Mohalla in Pattan in J&K.
As army troops approached the area, terrorists opened fire injuring one jawan. The troops responded and quickly surrounded the area.
The entire operation was planned and executed with great deliberation in order to ensure zero civil casualties and minimize damage, a Defence spokesman here said.
On November 7, one terrorist was killed early morning while trying to break out of the cordon. Two terrorists were killed on November 8. On November 9 morning, one of the terrorists, who was trapped in a house, attempted to escape and started firing.
Recognizing the danger to his troops, Major Sandhu, at great personal risk, fired on the terrorist, killing him. Unfortunately, Major Sandhu also got shot in the encounter and later succumbed to his injuries in 92 Base Hospital at Srinagar.