Pulwama encounter: three JeM terrorists killed in J&K
Three JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammed) terrorists have been killed in an encounter with security forces in the Pulwama district of Jammu & Kashmir on Saturday. One of the killed terrorists was responsible for killing Rakesh Pandita, a BJP worker, in June.
A cordon-and-search operation was launched in the upper reaches of the forest area of Nagbaeran Tral in the south Kashmir district. This was after receiving inputs about the presence of ultras in the region.
The search operation quickly escalated into an encounter after the terrorists opened fire on the security personnel. “In the ensuing gunfight, three terrorists affiliated with JeM outfit were killed,” the security personnel confirmed.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar confirmed that one of the killed terrorists has been identified as Wakeel Shah. IGP Kumar said, “Shah is one of the terrorists included in the recently released list of top 10 terrorists wanted by the police. He was involved in the killing of BJP leader Rakesh Pandita. It is a huge success.” IGP said this during a press conference at the Army’s Victor Force headquarters at Awantipora.
No collateral damage was there during the operation. “It was a very difficult operation and concluded without any collateral damage. We cordoned off the target area, offered them surrender, but they fired and were killed in retaliation,” Kumar said.
Giving a stern warning to the terrorists, Kumar said, “I want to tell the terrorists and their families that do not think that you will hide in the mountains after killing civilians and no one will do anything. Our force is professional and we will track you there also and neutralize you as we have been.”
GoC, Victor Force, Major Gen Rashim Bali also addressed the media. He said, “A solid message from us has gone out through this operation that there is no place for them, not even in the forests. We will get information about them and we will neutralize them. We will continue eliminating them by launching suitable operations whenever there is any information.”
Two AK 47 rifles, an SLR, a UBGL and a huge amount of ammunition has been recovered from the encounter site.