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Army on Wednesday paid rich tributes to three soldiers who were killed and body of one of whom was mutilated in “Pakistan’s dastardly action” along the Line of Control in Machhil sector of Kashmir. “Rich tributes were paid by the Army today to its soldiers Manoj Kumar Kushwah, Prabhu Singh and Shashank Kumar Singh who attained martyrdom in Pakistan’s dastardly action along the Line of Control in Machhil sector of Kupwara yesterday,” an army spokesman said.
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He said Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen J S Sandhu and all ranks paid their homage to the martyrs in a solemn wreath-laying ceremony held at Badamibagh cantonment here. “All young soldiers in their mid-20s or early 30s, the trio is remembered by their comrades for their commitment and dedication to duty.
“In fact, Prabhu Singh who hailed from Jodhpur, Rajasthan and is survived by his wife, would have turned 25 today. Manoj Kumar belonged to Gazipur in UP and is survived by his wife and two young children while Shashank Kumar Singh, also from the same place, is survived by his parents,” he said.
The spokesman said the mortal remains of the martyrs will be flown to their native places where the last rites will be held with full military honours. “The Army stands beside the families of the brave hearts in this hour of grief and remains committed to their wellbeing in future,” he added.
The three Indian soldiers were killed in a cross-LoC attack by suspected Pakistani terrorists yesterday, with body of one of them being mutilated in second such incident in less than a month, following which the Indian Army vowed “heavy retribution” and launched a counter offensive today.