Family grieves death of soldier in an encounter in Poonch

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Poonch (Jammu), Sep 9 (ANI): A pall of gloom enveloped the household of the Army major who was killed in an encounter with the militants in Mendhar sub-sector of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.

Major Akash Singh was killed while trying to foil an infiltration bid across the Line of Control (LoC) in Sonagali area.

He gunned down two militants before being hit by a bullet while aiming at the third.

His friends remembered him as a brave and courageous young man.

"We got this news suddenly in the morning. I had gone to drop off my kids at the bus stop when his (Akash Singh) father got a call from his CO (Commanding Officer). Since his father was not able to decipher what was being said, his brother, who was with me, rushed to take the call. He was informed that around 3 in the morning, they had set up an ambush for the militants, where he (Akash) killed two militants but got hit by a bullet while aiming at third and he is no more," said Avdhesh Raina, friend of Akash Singh.

Singh is survived by his wife and two children.

The infiltration comes despite a ceasefire between the two armies and a three-metre-high barbed wire security fence along most of the 742-km LoC. (ANI)

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