Jammu: Three militants were killed while eight government forces personnel including a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and two civilians sustained injuries during an encounter in Kakrayal village of Katra in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.
A day after militants fired at a police party and fled from the spot, the encounter started between government forces and the militants near Kakrayal-Jhajjar Kotli on Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Reasi.
“The area was cordoned this morning after terrorists were intercepted and trapped in a house of one Ishwar Dass by the search parties of army, police and CRPF while they fired at them which was retaliated and exchange of fire started,” said a police spokesman.
He said that after around 24 hours long search operation, escaped militants have been trapped near village Kakrayalclise to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi.
Ten people including eight forces personnel including of J&K Police and CRPF men got injured during the encounter while three militants were also killed.
The injured CRPF men were idnetfied as HarshPal Singh 6 Bn, Pancham Singh 6 Bn, Abhay Singh 187 Bn, Manoj Kumar AC 187 Bn and Zakir Hussain 6Bn.
However injured from J&K Police were SDPO Nagrota DySP Ashok Sharma, Sgct mohd Iqbal, cinstable Bhanu Partap Singh.
“All injured are stable with minor injuries and are currently in Narayana hospital,” said the spokesman.
Meanwhile Udhampur district administration has ordered closure of all the schools in the region.
GOC Uniform Force Maj Gen Arvind Bhatia said there were inputs that the slain militants have infiltrated between Samba-Bobiya area along international border and the truck driver and co- driver were the guides, who were taking them to the Kashmir valley for Rs 30,000 which they have demanded.
He added that they might have big target and that is why they were going to Kashmir where they get all logistic support which is impossible for them in Jammu, adding, “had they been on no big mission, they could have targeted any major installation on the way.”
The Major General said that the truck driver Rayz Ahmed from Budgam and his helper Maqbool from Chareri Sharief, on Wednesday morning halted at a ‘dhaba’ and asked for five breakfasts, which created suspicion and the truck was searched and they opened fire.
Meanwhile IGP Jammu S D Singh Jamwal told reporters at encounter site that the number of militants were three.
“We carried out the operation keeping in mind that no injury or loss to civilian life,” said the top cop adding that the militants inputs have come from Pakistan and they have infiltrated from Dialachak area in Kathua district.
“The guides (truck driver-helper) are being questioned to ascertain the facts and modus operandi of the terrorists,” he added.
Meanwhile traffic on Jammu-Srinagar national highway was suspended and diverted to alternate routes.
Three militants on Wednesday fired at a police party during checking of vehicles near Jhajjar Kotli and escaped from a truck they were travelling in.
A civilian also suffered injuries and the truck driver with his helper were arrested on the spot.
One Ak-47 rifle and three magazine were also recovered from the truck.
The police said all the three slain militants hailed from Pakistan