The Indian cricket fraternity has paid rich tribute to five security personnel who were martyred in an encounter with militants at Handwara in Kashmir district of Kupwara on Sunday.
Col Ashutosh Sharma, Major Anuj Sood, Naik Rajesh Kumar, Lance Naik Dinesh Singh, and J&K Police Sub Inspector Sageer Pathan were slain in the fierce gun battle which was confirmed by Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh.
“Based on the intelligence input that terrorists were taking the civilian inmates of a house in Changimulla, (in the) Handwara (area) of Kupwara district, hostage, a joint operation was launch by Army and JK Police. A team comprising of five Army and JK Police personnel entered the target area occupied by the terrorists to evacuate the civ (civilians),” the official statement read.
“The team of Army and JK Police entered the tgt (target) area and successfully extricated the civ. However, during the process, the team was subjected to a heavy volume of fire by the terrorists,” it added.
Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, among others were shocked to hear the demise of security forces personnel and took to Twitter to pay their tributes to the fallen.
Here are some of the tweets:
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) May 3, 2020
Those who don't forget their duty in any circumstances are true heroes. Their sacrifices must not be forgotten. I bow my head to the army personnel & the policemen who lost their lives at Handwara and sincerely send my condolences to their families and wish them peace🙏🏼🥺Jai Hind pic.twitter.com/HIAltyZ7QX
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 3, 2020
It’s heartbreaking to hear we lost five jawans today. It’s a big loss for our country and extremely sad that our soldiers are facing such plight on the borders while protecting us. My salute to the Martyrs for their sacrifices & helftfelt condolences to the families. #Kupwara pic.twitter.com/HrLMpoHkKo
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) May 3, 2020
Sad to hear about the loss of lives of our brave jawans. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the jawans who attained martyrdom in #HandwaraEncounter You are the real bravehearts of the nation. We salute your supreme sacrifice.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 3, 2020
We as a nation will never forget the sacrifices of our brave soldiers and security personnel. I salute all our heroes of Indian army & the policemen who we lost today at the #HandwaraEncounter My heartfelt condolences to the martyrs families. pic.twitter.com/GJZNJOonhr
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 3, 2020
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) May 3, 2020
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) May 3, 2020
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) May 3, 2020
Heartfelt condolences to the friends & families of Handwara martyrs. Your unconditional service & sacrifices will never be forgotten. 🙏🙏Jai Hind🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/4QdtytkzlV
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) May 3, 2020
The sacrifice of the brave soldiers of our nation, we will never forget. You fought to protect us and gave up your lives for us. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. #RIP #HandwaraEncounter
— Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) May 3, 2020
— Harmanpreet Kaur (@ImHarmanpreet) May 3, 2020
Even during these testing times our tough soldiers stood by their duties at the #Handwara encounter, sacrifices made by them to protect our nation will forever be etched in our memories. I salute each & every one of them & my heartfelt condolences to their families.
Jai Hind! 🙏
— Prithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) May 4, 2020