With Jammu and Kashmir’s first major election after the abrogation of Article 370 due in less than 10 days, the union territory’s police gunned down 4 terrorists on Thursday. With the District Development Council elections due to be held from November 28 to December 19 in eight phases, forces are on high alert in the union territory.
Mukesh Singh, the Inspector General, Jammu Zone, said going by the recoveries of arms and ammunition from the dead terrorists it looked like they were out to carry out a major strike. The startling recovery of 11 AK-47 rifles from the 4 terrorists indicates the arms were being brought in for others to use in targeted operations, the officer said. The recoveries included 29 grenades which is enough to cause largescale damage, he said.
The 4 suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, who were hiding in a truck, were killed in an encounter with security forces near the Nagrota toll plaza on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. The gunbattle started at 5 am when the terrorists opened fire at police and paramilitary forces from the truck during a routine check. The encounter sustained for 3 hours and the Army also joined the operation, police said. Two police constables were also injured but are out of danger, he said.
Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha met the injured personnel and lauded their exemplary courage and bravery. He hailed their quick reaction in foiling the probable terror attack. He also said that the nation is proud of security forces’ professionalism and commitment to protecting its sovereignty and integrity of India.
In a message to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the Lt Governor said the government and the security forces are working day and night to lay the foundation of its progressive and peaceful future and said that no outside forces can derail us from our mission.