Srinagar, 27 Oct 2022. Based on the specific intelligence of presence of Pakistani terrorist in village Washran, Baramulla district, a joint cordon & search operation by Indian Army and JKP was launched at about 05.00 AM on 26 oct 22.

As the search commenced in the morning and while the search party was moving towards the jungle, the terrorist opened fire on the search party. In the ensuing fire fight, Rifleman Kulbushan Manta suffered gunshot wound. He was immediately evacuated to GMC Baramulla by road and further evacuated by helicopter to 92 Base Hospital, Srinagar. He suffered cardiac arrest at about 11.45 AM on 27 Oct 22 and could not be revived. The Braveheart was declared dead at 12.30 PM.

Rifleman Kulbushan Manta epitomizes the values, traditions and ethos of the Indian Army. The Brave Heart is survived by his wife, Smt Neetu Kumari. The mortal remains of the Braveheart will be sent for the last rites to his native place at Village Gaunth, Post Manjholi, Tehsil Kupvi, District Shimla, Himachal Pradesh and will be laid to rest with full Military Honours on 28 Oct 22.