Terrorist among 2 held by security forces in South Kashmir’s Pulwama

Srinagar (NVI): Two persons, including a terrorist, were held by security forces in a joint search operation conducted in Chatpura Mohalla area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama last evening, the Army said today.

The joint search operation was conducted on the basis of intelligence inputs about the presence of a person from Handwara, who was actively involved with terrorists, the Army said in a statement.

A cordon was laid and the person was apprehended. He was thoroughly interrogated and it was revealed that a terrorist was hiding in a nearby madrassa. During further search operation, the terrorist was also apprehended, Army said.

On Thursday, an IED expert of Jaish-e-Mohammad was among two terrorists who managed to give security forces a slip during an encounter in Parigam area of Pulwama in South Kashmir. Pakistani terrorist Adnan Bhai alias ‘Lamboo Bhai’ is on the list of most-wanted terrorists by the security forces.

Security forces have intensified search operations in Kashmir following a spike in unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC), a tactic the neighboring country uses to infiltrate terrorists into this side of the fence.

In a major flare-up along LoC on November 13, Pakistan resorted to multiple ceasefire violations at forward locations in J&K after the Indian Army foiled another infiltration bid by the four Pak commandos in Kupwara’s Keran sector.

The Army had killed the 4 commandos of the Pakistan Army and destroyed multiple terror launch pads across LoC while retaliating to the enemy shelling in which 5 Indian troopers and 4 civilians were killed.

Apart from that, on Thursday, four Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists were killed in a fierce gunbattle with security forces near Ban toll plaza in Nagrota district of Jammu on Jammu-Srinagar Highway. The highway was closed following the encounter. Two Special Operations Group (SOG) cops of J&K police were also injured in the gunfight.

11 AK-47 rifles, three pistols, satellite and mobile phones and compass were also recovered from the possession of terrorists. The same day, IG Jammu, Mukesh Singh told a press conference that the Jaish militants had plans to disrupt District Development Council (DDC) polls in J&K.