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Poonch terror attack: Rs 20 lakh reward offered for capture of two Pakistani terrorists

Corporal Vikky Pahade of the Indian Air Force (IAF) lost his life in the ambush, while four others sustained injuries.

Written by  Annesha Barua -- May 06th 2024 02:49 PM
Poonch terror attack: Rs 20 lakh reward offered for capture of two Pakistani terrorists

Poonch terror attack: Rs 20 lakh reward offered for capture of two Pakistani terrorists

PTC News Desk: Following the Poonch terror attack, where Indian Air Force (IAF) Corporal Vikky Pahade lost his life and four others were injured, security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have intensified their efforts to capture the perpetrators. 

The attack targeted an IAF convoy near Shahsitar in Poonch, and sketches of the two Pakistani terrorists responsible for the assault have been released. In a bid to facilitate their capture, a reward of Rs 20 lakh has been announced for any information leading to their arrest.

In the aftermath of the attack, a significant search operation has been underway in the Shahsitar area, with armed forces deploying bulletproof vehicles and dog squads to track down the terrorists. The area has witnessed heightened security measures, with several senior officers visiting the site to oversee the ongoing operations.

"Corps Commander of 16 Corps & ADG Jammu Zone Anand Jain accompanied by GOC Romeo Force, IGP CRPF & DIG RP Range today visited the area & monitored the ongoing massive search operation. Many suspects have been picked up for questioning," stated Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Jammu.

Who was Vikky Pahade?

Vikky Pahade, who tragically lost his life, had returned to duty just 15 days before his demise following a prolonged absence for his sister's wedding. He was stationed in Jammu and Kashmir at the time of the incident.

Hailing from the Nonia Karbal area of Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh, Pahade had enlisted in the Indian Air Force in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Rina, and his son, Hardik.

Geeta Pahade, the soldier's sister, expressed her pride in her brother, stating, "I am proud of my brother. I got to know about this (brother's demise) a day before yesterday. I want justice for my brother."

The Indian Air Force paid tribute to Corporal Vikky Pahade on Sunday, mourning his loss and honoring his bravery. In a statement posted on the official Indian Air Force (IAF) handle, it read, "The CAS Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari and all personnel of the Indian Air Force salute the braveheart Corporal Vikky Pahade, who made the supreme sacrifice in the Poonch Sector, in the service of the nation. Our deepest condolences to the bereaved family. We stand firmly by your side in this hour of grief."

- With inputs from agencies

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