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Two militants killed along LoC in Rajouri in last 48 hours, one arrested, another flees: Army

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A file photo of Indian armed forces personnel as they petrol near India-Pakistan border.

Rajouri: The Army on Wednesday claimed that it foiled two infiltration bids in Nowshehra sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district by killing two militants, capturing one alive and the fourth one managed to flee in an injured condition.

The Army along with Jammu and Kashmir police organized a Press Conference in Rajouri in which Brig Kapil of Nowshera Brigade and SSP Rajouri Mohammad Aslam briefed media persons about the operations.

In an official statement, the army said that in the last 48 hours, two major infiltration bids have been eliminated by armed forces deployed along the Line of Control in the Nowshera Sector in District Rajouri.

“On 21 August 2022, in the morning hours, alert soldiers deployed in Jhangar sector of Nowshera spotted movement of two to three terrorists on own side of Line of Control,” the statement said.

Addressing media men, Brig Kapil said that one militant came close to the Indian post and tried to cut the fence and when he was challenged by alert sentries, the militant tried to flee.

“However, he was brought down by the effective fire, incapacitating him,” he said.

The army officer said that two militants who were hiding behind, fled the area by taking cover of dense jungle and broken ground, and the injured Pakistani militant was captured alive and provided with immediate medical aid. “He was operated as well,” he said, adding that the captured militant has revealed his identity as Tabarak Hussain, resident of Sabzkot village, district Kotli of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK).

The army officer said that after interrogation, the militant confessed to their plan to attack the Indian Army Post and Tabarak Hussain revealed that he was sent by a Colonel of Pakistan Intelligence Agency named Col Yunus Chaudhry who had paid him 30,000 Pakistani Rupees.

He also added that Tabarak also disclosed that he along with other militants had carried two, three close recces of Indian forward posts with an aim to target them at an opportune time.

“The militant revealed that the go-ahead to target the Indian post was given by Col Yunus Chaudhry on 21 Aug 2022,” the army officer said, adding that incidentally, the individual was earlier captured by the Indian Army from the same sector in 2016 along with his brother Haroon Ali, and was repatriated on humanitarian grounds in November 2017.

In the second operation, Brig Kapil said that on the night of 22 and 23 August 2022, a group of two to three militants tried to infiltrate in Lam sector of Nowshera.

“Our alert troops were able to observe the militants as they crossed the Line of Control and continuously monitored this movement. When they moved ahead into our minefields a series of mines got activated and two militants got eliminated on the spot,” he said.

“Another militant is possibly injured and is hiding in the area or has gone back taking advantage of the inclement weather and dense foliage,” the officer said, adding that in the morning of 23 August, a quadcopter was flown over the area and bodies of the two slain militants were observed and a deliberate operation was launched through the heavily mined area and the bodies of the two militants were recovered along with one AK-56, three Magazines and a large quantity of ammunition and war like stores.

“As the area is heavily mined, the search operation is being carried out carefully and is still in progress. More recoveries in the area are expected,” he said.

“The two infiltration bids in a short span of 48 hours is a direct attempt by the adversary across our Western borders to disrupt the peace in Rajouri region but  own troops deployed on the Line of Control remain alert to defeat any nefarious designs of the adversary.”

The captured militant Tabarak Hussain also interacted with some media persons inside the army hospital in Rajouri where he said that the Indian Army has saved his life and he was getting good treatment at the army hospital. (KNO)

 

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