August 13, 2016 5:44:03 am
A high alert has been sounded across the Jammu region ahead of Independence Day with security forces and police launching combing operations after receiving reports about the sighting of terrorists in some areas.
While the Army has launched a massive combing operation over the past four days on the vast hilly terrain along the Line of Control in Sawjian area of Poonch to flush out six to eight terrorists, who are believed to have sneaked nearly 500 m inside the Indian territory, it conducted searches along with the Special Operation Group of J&K Police in Kunjwani area on the outskirts of Jammu city Friday. The searches were conducted after information about the presence of some suspects in the area, sources said, adding that no such person could be found during day-long searches in the area.
Meanwhile, at Sawjian in Poonch, searches and cordon by Army troops were in progress. While Army officials were tight lipped over the matter, sources said a soldier, who was injured on Wednesday after security forces came in contact with the terrorists, is receiving treatment in hospital.
Confirming that searches have been going on in the area, a senior security official on the condition of anonymity said there have been reports about the killing of two terrorists. However, the reports can not be confirmed unless the bodies are seen or recovered.
This has been the first major infiltration attempt by terrorists from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir into the border Poonch district this year. This has come amid intelligence inputs about terrorists planning to strike soft targets to avenge the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
Pakistan has also warned India of a possible terror strike by the Fazal Ullah group of Tehreek-e-Taliban on the Wagah border during Independence Day celebrations.
On Monday, ISIS posters threatening “Kashmiri Pandits” and “RSS agents” to “get ready for their killings in the district soon” had appeared in Pandit mohalla of Poonch town. The posters were removed by the police.
Meanwhile, the Senior Superintendent of Police, Jammu, and the local edition of Amar Ujala here have received a letter titled “ISIS 15”, threatening of blasts in several areas of Jammu. Police have registered a case and security has been beefed up across the district.
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