A 22-year-old soldier, who suffered a head injury in an incident of stone-pelting in Anantnag district of South Kashmir on Thursday, died at the Base Hospital in Srinagar on Friday.
Sepoy Rajendra Singh was part of a Quick Reaction Team that was providing security to a Border Roads Organisation (BRO) convoy on Thursday evening. “At around 1800 hrs, when the convoy was passing through the Anantnag bypass tri-junction near NH-44, few youths hurled stones at the vehicle. Sepoy Rajendra Singh was injured after being hit by a stone directly on the head,” said Col Rajesh Kalia, the Army spokesperson in Srinagar.
He said Singh was provided first aid and rushed to 92 Base Hospital, but succumbed to his head injury on Friday.
Singh, who hailed from Badena village in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, had joined the Army in 2016. He is survived by his parents, said the spokesperson.
With Singh’s death, three soldiers have been killed in different parts of the Valley over the last two days.
Sepoy Ngamsiamliana (23) was killed during an attack on an Army camp in Luragam village of Tral in Pulwama district on Thursday. He hailed from Rengtekawn village in Mizoram.
On Friday, Lance Naik Brajesh Kumar (32) sustained splinter injuries during an operation in Malgunipura, Sopore, in which two militants were killed. A resident of Nanawin village in Una district of Himachal Pradesh, Kumar had joined the Army in 2004. He is survived by his wife and a daughter, according to the Army.
The mortal remains of the soldiers were flown to their villages for the last rites.