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Mehbooba, Army pay tributes to soldiers killed on LoC

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Srinagar, July 14 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and the Army on Friday paid tributes to the two soldiers killed on the Line of Control (LoC) two days ago.

The Chief Minister joined Lt Gen J.S. Sandhu, the Chinar Corps Commander, and all ranks "in paying homage to the martyrs on behalf of a proud nation", a Defence Ministry statement said.

The solemn ceremony took place at the Badami Bagh cantonment.

In a show of solidarity, officials from the state government and other security agencies joined in paying their last respects to Lance Naik Ranjit Singh and Rifleman Satish Bhagat, it said.

The two were killed in Keran sector on July 12 by Pakistani troops. They were provided immediate first aid and evacuated from the post but succumbed to their injuries.

Ranjit Singh, 32, joined the Army in 2003 and hailed from Burn village in Jammu region. He is survived by his wife Neha Devi and two children.

Satish Bhagat, 22, had joined the Army in 2015. He is survived by his parents.

"The mortal remains of the martyrs were flown for last rites to their native places, where they will be laid to rest with full military honours," the statement said.

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