JAMMU, July 1: Army and police today foiled an infiltration attempt near the Line of Control (LoC) in Bhimber Gali (BG) sector of Rajouri district by killing one suspected Pakistani militant while three others reportedly managed to escape back taking cover of darkness. The infiltration attempts comes amid regular ceasefire violations by Pakistan army on the LoC in twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri.
Reports said on the basis of specific information provided by police, Army and police launched a joint search operation in wee hours of this morning in BG sector of Rajouri district. There were at least 3-4 militants who were trying to infiltrate into the Indian territory under the cover of darkness.
As the militants intruded about 300 to 400 meters inside the Indian territory from LoC, Army and police personnel challenged and asked them to surrender but the infiltrators opened firing leading to heavy exchange of gun fighting that continued for about an hour.
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“One militant was killed in the encounter while three others escaped back to Pakistan occupied Kashmir),” sources said, adding that Army have launched search operations along the LoC to ensure that the militants don’t make fresh attempt to sneak-in from other areas of the LoC.
Searches at various places in Bhimber Gali and adjoining sectors have been launched by the security personnel to keep check on infiltration.
Slain militant was suspected to be a Pakistani national. In fact, according to sources, entire group of 3-4 militants which was trying to infiltrate from Bhimber Gali sector, was believed to be of Pakistani nationals having affiliation with Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) outfit.
Security forces have recovered one AK-47 rifle and two magazines from the possession of the killed militant.
Few days back, Army had foiled major infiltration attempt by the Pakistani militants by killing three infiltrators on the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district. Few days later, Army and police had gunned down one militant in Kalakote tehsil of Rajouri district.
Apart from these, Army has thwarted number of intrusion attempts at the LoC itself in both Rajouri and Poonch districts in which the militants were either killed on the LoC or they managed to retreat after finding the Indian troops on high alert. In some of the cases, bodies of militants killed in the Indian Army firing remained lying on Pakistan side for days together before they were taken away by the Pakistani troops.
Majority of infiltration attempts were being made by the militants under the cover of ceasefire violations by the Pakistan army, sources said.
There have been regular mortar shelling and firing by the Pakistan army on the LoC in twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri which were being retaliated very effectively by the Indian side.
In the month of June, four Indian Army jawans were martyred on the LoC in Pakistan shelling and firing while, in retaliation, at least 13 Pakistan army troopers were killed and 19 others seriously injured. Pakistan army has also suffered heavy infrastructural losses in the Indian retaliation.