High alert across Jammu after militants escape from a truck

A separate alert was sounded for pilgrims visiting the shrine.

Yogesh Sagotra
Jammu, Publish Date: Sep 13 2018 12:16AM | Updated Date: Sep 13 2018 12:16AM
High alert across Jammu after militants escape from a truckPhoto: Mir Imran/GK

A high alert was issued across Jammu region, specifically around Jhajjar Kotli and Mata Vaisho Devi shrine along the main highway after three suspected militants escaped from a truck and fired injuring a government employee, officials said. 

A separate alert was sounded for pilgrims visiting the shrine. 

“While escaping, militants fired at an unarmed employee of sericulture department, who was wearing Khakhi uniform,” a police officer said.

The employee, Ganesh Dass (52) son of Tara Chand of Jajjar Kotil was later removed to Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu for treatment.

Government forces were rushed to the area adjoining the Katra Vaishno Devi shrine and a search operation was launched to nab the militants.  

“Three militants were in the truck. After being intercepted one of them opened fire and aimed at our policemen but luckily he escaped unhurt,” Shiv Dev Singh Jamwal Inspector General of Police Jammu told Greater Kashmir.

“After that all of them ran away from the spot but the suspected are being chased by police, army and CRPF and hopefully all of them will be nabbed soon.” 

The truck which was on its way from Jammu to Srinagar was seized. 

Singh said an AK47 rifle and three magazines were recovered from the seized load carrier and its driver was being questioned. 

“We are working very cautiously as the forest, where militants are hiding leads towards Katra,” Singh said. 

Army deployed drones, helicopters, thermal imagers and sniffer dogs to search for the suspected militants, an officer said. 

“A brief encounter took place between police and militants in Jhajjar Nalla. The militants managed to escape in Jhajjar Kotli area and are being searched by security forces. They are three in number and believed to be in age group between 18 to 22 years, carrying backpacks,” police spokesman of the adjacent district of Reasi said. 

 

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