Srinagar: An army jawan was killed after he fell into a gorge during an encounter with terrorists in Rajwar area of Handwara in north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Tuesday night. An Army team is engaged in a fierce shootout with a group of heavily armed terrorists since Tuesday evening.
Army's 21 Rashtriya Rifles cordoned off the Watsar village in Rajwar following specific information about the presence of some terrorists.
The jawan identified as Om Veer Singh was injured as a result of the fall and was rushed to hospital where he was declared brought dead, a police official said.
Handwara had recently witnessed massive protests following allegations that a soldier had molested a school girl. The town and surrounding areas remained tense for several days and at least five people were killed in firing on protesters.
The protests subsided after an Army bunker in the middle of the town was demolished.