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Thousands in Mumbai Attend Funeral of Army Officer Killed by Militants in Kashmir. The mortal remains of Major Kaustubh Rane who was killed in an encounter with terrorists in the Gurez section in Kashmir were consigned to flames at the Mira Road civic crematorium with full military honours. The funeral was led by Lt Gen Cherish Mathson, General Officer Commanding in Chief, South Western Command, of the Garhwal Rifles unit along with Naval Bajaj, IGP, Konkan Range, Thane Rural police and personnel from the three Armed forces of the Indian Army. Nearly 20,000 mourners joined the funeral procession. Major Kaustubh Rane (29) of the Garhwal Rifles was killed in the fire fight after an army detachment engaged a group of infiltrators on the LoC in Gurez sector in Bandipora district, 125 kms from Srinagar.Three other soldiers — Rifleman Mandeep Singh (26) of Shivpuri in Uttrakhand, Rifleman Hameer Singh (28) of village Pokhriyal in Uttrakhand and Vikramjeet Singh (25) of village Tepla in Ambala district of Haryana — were also killed in the shootout, while two infiltrators were shot dead by the Army jawans.

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