Army officer awarded on R-day killed a day later

Colonel M M Raj, commanding officer of the 42 Rashtriya Rifles who was awarded a gallantry medal on Republic Day, and a security policeman, were killed the next day in a gun battle at Mindora village of Tral near Sriniagar, which also left two Hizbul Mujahideen militants dead in Pulwama district of Jammu & Kashmir. Col. Rai was awarded the Yudh Seva medal for his role in a gun battle with militants in south Kashmir last year. The slain militants have been identified as Adil Khan and Shiraz Dar. Some arms and ammunition have also been recovered from the scene of the encounter.