Maharashtra Jawan Naik Gawade Dies Fighting Terror in Kupwara

A jawan, who was injured in a fierce gunbattle with militants in Kupwara yesterday, succumbed to injuries on Sunday (May 22), a defence official said. Naik Gawade Pandurang Mahadev, who was critically injured in the operation at Chak Drugmulla in Kupwara, succumbed at 92 Base Hospital of the Army in Srinagar, the official said. Five militants were killed in the nine-hour long operation in Kupwara yesterday while two soldiers including Mahadev sustained injuries. “The brave soldier was part of the the column that initially located and engaged the hiding terrorists, leading to the elimination of all five terrorists,” the official said. The mortal remains of the soldier will be flown to his village in Sindudurg district of Maharashtra after necessary formalities are completed, he added.

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