Three activists of Jaish-e-Mohmmad were killed and 12 security men, including police and CRPF officers, harmed in an experience in Katra in Reasi region on Thursday, multi day after they terminated on a police party and got away into the backwoods zone.
A police official said the experience broke out after police, CRPF and Army men amid a cordon and hunt activity focused in on a house in Kakriyal territory of Katra in Reasi area and encompassed the aggressors covering up there.
Automatons and choppers were utilized in the task propelled yesterday to track the aggressors, every one of whom were matured somewhere in the range of 18 and 22, they said.
“Subsequent to ending up caught, activists let go on the power work force. The fire was returned by the troops, setting off an experience. The experience proceeded till late evening amid which every one of the three Jaish activists were slaughtered,” the authority said.
He said 12 security work force were harmed in the gunfight.
Among the harmed incorporate six CRPF work force, including the delegate commandant and the colleague commandant, five police including Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohan Lal, and an Armyman.
The harmed were cleared to the Narayana clinic in Katra.
Sources said one of the activist was slaughtered in open zone in which SDPO Nagrota Mohan Lal Sharma maintained shot wounds.
They said second aggressor, who was holding up in the house, was killed when he was endeavoring to leave the house in the midst of substantial trade of gunfire.
Sources said the powers trusted that the third aggressor, who was thought to be all around prepared, had gotten away towards the woodland region after assortments of two activists were recouped.
“Nonetheless, he was covering up in the maize fields with his ambush rifle. After the slaughtering of two aggressors, media people had raced to the spot to report the experience. As the power staff were directing quests, the third activist left the fields and started shooting at the forces. In the ensuing exchange of fire, third militant was also killed,” they said.
A police spokesman said it seems to be a case of fresh infiltration of yesterday morning from Pakistan most likely from Hiranagar belt of International Border. “These militants had come from Pakistan”.
He said preliminary investigation suggests that the militants belonged to the JeM.
“Bodies of all three have been found,” he said, adding that arms and ammunition were recovered from them.
IGP Jammu S D Singh Jamwal told reporters that two people transported the militants from Dayalachak in a truck.
“The duo had been engaged in carrying out such acts in the past, and police were investigating their contacts in Jammu,” he claimed.
Another senior police official said during the combing operation, security agencies were informed by a villager that the militants had taken refuge on his house.
Sources said militants had taken shelter in the house of one Raju and asked him to give them tea and bring some food from market.
“The villager managed to convince the militants that he does not have milk for tea. As he won over their confidence, militants gave him Rs 2000 and asked him to bring milk from the market,” they said.
According to sources, militants stayed at his house as he left for market.
“After leaving the house, he informed CRPF search parties about the militants presence in his house,” they said.
The force personnel immediately rushed to the area and evicted the local population before launching assault on militant positions and killing them in the ensuing 7-hour long gunfight.
The official said areas and check posts along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway are on alert. More checkpoints have been set up and vehicles are being searched and passengers frisked, he said.
“The Jhajjar-Kotli forest belt and adjoining areas have been put under a massive cordon,” the official said.
On Wednesday, during checking by flying squad of police at Domail on highway, police party signalled a truck bearing No. JK03-1476, which was on its way from Jammu to Srinagar to stop. The three militants, who were on board the truck opened fire on the policemen.
They later escaped to forest area and police, CRPF and army men had launched a massive combing and search operation in the forest area to track down the militants.
Sources told Rising Kashmir that interrogation of arrested truck driver has revealed that the militants had sneaked from Samba sector and boarded the truck from Dayala Chak in Hiranagar, Kathua.
“The militants were heading for Kashmir in truck,” they said.
According to sources, arrests are likely to take place in Kashmir on the basis of disclosure made by the arrested truck driver, who is being interrogated by intelligence agencies at Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) in Jammu.