1 militant killed in encounter; searches on: SP Rajouri

1 militant killed in encounter; searches on: SP Rajouri
Security forces near the site of an encounter. [Photo for representation only].File: Mir Wasim/ GK

Rajouri: One militant was killed in the ongoing fierce gunfight between security forces and militants in Dhori Wali Maal upper reaches of Gambhir Mughlan area in Rajouri district, the police said on Monday.

SP Rajouri Sheema Nabi Qasba, in an official statement issued today, said that on September 11, 2021, a joint search operation was launched by the Indian army and Jammu and Kashmir Police in Gambhir Mughlan area of district Rajouri.

“During the search, hiding terrorists opened fire on the search party. The fire was retaliated effectively, in the course of which one unidentified terrorist was neutralised. One AK-47 with two magazines and thirty-two rounds and one grenade has been recovered,” SP Rajouri said.

She stated that in this regard, a case FIR No. 141/2021 U/S 307/120-B IPC, 13 ULA, 7/27 Arms Act was registered at Police Station Manjakote and investigation was initiated.

“Search operation is still going on,” SP Rajouri said.

On Sunday, Additional Director General of Police for Jammu zone Mukesh Singh too had stated that there were high chances that one militant was killed in the gun-fire. “The operation is going on and intermittent exchange of fire was also taking place. There are high chances that one terrorist has so far been killed but the same cannot be confirmed unless the body is recovered,” Singh had told Greater Kashmir.

However, the army had not issued any statement till late this evening.

Encounter had started early Sunday morning after contact was established between the militants and security forces during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) launched during the intervening night of September 11 and 12. As per officials, CASO was launched after security forces received information about some suspicious movement in upper reaches between Thannamandi and Manjakote of Rajouri district.

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