SRINAGAR: At least Three Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) Militants were killed and eight security personnel, including a DSP, were injured Thursday in an encounter in Reasi district, police said. Police said that the search for the escaped militants took place for the second day. Adding that the during a cordon and search operation zeroed in on a location near a house in the district's Kakriyal area, and trapped the militants.
"The encounter broke out as the security forces, comprising CRPF, police and Army personnel, closed in on the militants, they said. Security forces used drones and choppers in the operation, which was launched Wednesday to track three JeM militants", police officials said. Three of the militants were killed and eight security personnel, including Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohan Lal, were injured. They were hospitalised, police said.
Five CRPF personnel and three policemen were injured during the operation, they said. They were admitted to the Narayana hospital in Katra. The cordon and search operation to track down the JeM militantss was launched in the Jhajjar Kotli forest belts in Jammu and Reasi district Wednesday, the officials said.
Earlier in the early hours on Wednesday, suspected militants opened fire from a truck near the Jhajar Kotli police check-post on the Jammu-Srinagar highway and fled from the spot. A CRPF person and a forest guard were injured in the attack. A high alert was issued in Katra after the incident that took place at around 8 am. The militantss escaped the scene after launching the attack.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police said that at least 3 militants had escaped on Wednesday. According to the Jammu and Kashmir Police, the militants had entered into the area in a truck coming from the Kashmir side and is believed to have escaped towards Jammu. "During a routine checking at a `naka` (check-post) near the Jhajar Kotli police station, one gunman fired at the paramilitary trooper and fled into a lane nearby.
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- Three Pak terrorists killed in Kakriyal.: DGP compliments people of the area, Police, Amry & CRPF for successful operation
JAMMU: On 12.09.2018 at about 0805 hours during checking by flying squad at Domail, Police Party signaled a truck bearing No.JK03-1476 which was on its way from Jammu to Srinagar to stop. In the meantime 03 terrorists who were boarding the said truck opened fire. One person received bullet injury and the terrorists managed to escape in the forest area of Jhajjar Kotli. Truck was seized and driver and helper were arrested. One AK-56, loaded magazines, one Chinese Pistol and other incriminating material was recovered from the site.
To track the terrorists massive Cordon and Search Operations were launched by Police, CRPF and Army in the villages near Katra. The security components of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine were also alerted. A lookout notice was issued through social and mass media.
Three SsP of Reasi, Udhampur, Jammu, Addl. SP Katra and SDPO Nagrota rushed to the spot after receiving information. DIG Jammu Shri Bhim Sen Tuti commanded the operations alongwith Army and CRPF, IGP Jammu Dr. S.D Singh Jamwal who was at Delhi for a meeting rushed back and joined the operations. The vast area was kept under tight cordon during the night and with day break contact was established after terrorists were tracked at Kakrayal. The exchange of fire continued till 5 p m this evening. In this encounter all the three terrorists were neutralized. SDPO Nagrota two officers of CRPF and some police and security force men were injured.
It seems a case of fresh infiltration of yesterday morning from Pakistan most likely from Hiranagar belt of International Border. These terrorists had come from Pakistan to disturb peace and cause violence against the people of State. Preliminary investigation points that the terrorists belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad.Bodies of all the three terrorists have been recovered. Arms and ammunition have also been recovered from the terrorists.
DGP J&K Sh Dilbag Singh IPS has complimented the role of the Police, CRPF, Army and general public of the area who cooperated with the operational parties from yesterday which led to successful culmination of the operations and averted a big threat from the terrorists to peace and security in the State. He has also wished speedy recovery to the officers and jawans of police and security forces injured in this operation.