Indian Army Major killed in Occupied Kashmir

SRINAGAR - Indian Army Major Ketan Sharma was on Monday killed in an encounter with a group of militants in the Achabal area of south Kashmir's Anantnag district.

Along with him, at least two more soldiers were injured in the encounter while the forces killed one militant too, whose body has been recovered.

The joint operation was conducted by 19 Rashtriya Rifles, Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

A pall of gloom descended on 32-year-old Major Sharma's home in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut as soon as the news of his death came in.

His father Ravindra Sharma and mother Usha Sharma were inconsolable even as family and friends gathered at their residence to pay respects to the martyr.

His mother was initially not informed about his death and was only told that he has been seriously injured.