Mumbai, August 9: In a show of respect towards a martyr, locals have sprinkled flowers on Mira Road area as the convoy carrying mortal remains of Major Kaustubh Prakash Kumar Rane passed through. Major Rane along with three other army personnel was martyred in an encounter in Gurez sector of Jammu and Kashmir on August 7. Today in the morning, mortal remains of Major Rane reached his home.
Major Rane was the only son of his parents. His family was heading towards the native village Konkan when the news of Kaustubh reached them. Major Rane had served in the army for six years and belonged to 36 Rashtriya Rifles. He left behind his wife Kanika and two-and-a-half-year-old son.
The encounter took place at Govind Nallah in the Gurez sector of Bandipore district after the security forces noticed a suspicious movement in the area close to Line of Control (LoC) during the night. The gunbattle started at around 1 am. According to reports, eight terrorists infiltrated into the Indian territory out of which four were killed, and the rest fled to Pakistan –Occupied Kashmir.
Yesterday, five terrorists were gunned down by security forces in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district. The gunbattle broke out following information about the presence of terrorists in the area. The security forces then launched a search operation in the Rafiabad area of the district. On August 4, four terrorists were also neutralised by the troops in Killora village of Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district. In the last one week, around 20 terrorists were killed by the security forces in the Kashmir valley