Four unidentified terrorists have been killed in the encounter in Sugoo area of Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. Police and security forces are carrying out the operation, that is currently underway, J&K Police said on Wednesday.
“A joint operation was launched at 0145h today based on JK Police intelligence. Cordon was laid and contact was established at 5.30 am. Security Forces eliminated three terrorists. Joint operation in progress,” a Northern Command official said.
The encounter started at Sugoo area of Shopian district. This is the third operation within the past 72 hours. On Monday, the security forces neutralised four terrorists belonging to terror outfit- Hizbul Mujahideen in a joint operation. Earlier, on Sunday, five terrorists of the same outfit were killed in yet another operation in Reban area of Shopian.
Reports said that a joint team of Police, Army’s 44 RR and CRPF launched a cordon-and-search-operation in Sugoo Hendhama on Wednesday morning, which ensued in a gunbattle.
A spokesperson of the Indian Army in Kashmir said, “3 terrorists were killed in the encounter in Sugoo area of Shopian district. The joint operation was launched at 01:45 am today based on J&K Police intelligence. Cordon was laid and contact was established at 05:30 am. The joint operation in still in progress.”
In a later update, a fourth terrorist was also reported to have been killed in the encounter. Internet services have also been snapped in the district as a precautionary measure.
“9 terrorists of Hizbul Mujahideen have been killed in operations that were carried out yesterday and today. In the last 2 weeks, 9 big operations were carried out in which 22 terrorists have been eliminated including six top commanders,” Jammu and Kashmir DGP, Dilbag Singh said on Tuesday.
The increase in infiltration attempts and a higher number of ceasefire violations are being viewed as an effort by Pakistan to destabilise the democratic set-up in Kashmir. On Monday evening, terrorists killed Ajay Pandita, the Sarpanch of a village in Kashmir. The act was condemned by political leaders across the Valley.