Srinagar: Asserting that the death of a soldier at a forward post along the Line of Control (LoC) in border town of Uri in north Kashmir district of Baramulla was ‘non-operational in nature’, the Army said that it is investigating the circumstances in which the jawan died.
An Army official said that the circumstances under which Sepoy Nikhil Dayma was found dead on January 29, 2021 at around 1330 hrs while on sentry duty at a forward post along the LoC in Kashmir are being investigated. “It is clarified that the incident is non-operational in nature,” he added.
Earlier, it was reported that Sepoy Dayma was killed in an encounter with militants in Uri sector along the LoC in Baramulla. A resident of Alwar in Rajasthan, the soldier had reportedly returned to duty on January 13 after availing leave.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had paid tributes to Sepoy Dayma, claiming that he was killed at Uri in an encounter with militants. “Salute the martyrdom of Alwar, #Rajasthan’s braveheart Sh. Nikhil Dayma who made the supreme sacrifice in an encounter with terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir. My heartfelt condolences to his family members & prayers that they find strength. We stand with them in this difficult time,” Mr Gehlot wrote on micro-blogging site twitter on Saturday.