Published On: Sat, May 20th, 2017

Security forces foil infiltration bid by terrorists in J&K’s Rajouri

Jammu: Security forces have thwarted yet another infiltration bid at the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri sector on Saturday morning.

The injured soldier was shifted to Udhampur Command hospital for treatment

According to defence sources, a group of terrorists made a futile bid to cross the LoC but their movement was noticed by the alert security personnel who fired at them. “All the terrorists are believed to have been hiding in the thick forest of the area,” said an official who added that the entire area has been cordoned off to flush out the terrorists.

He said that the villagers near the area of operation hav been shifted to safer location with search operation in full swing to either nab or neutralise the infiltrating terrorists.

Meanwhile, a soldier was injured when he accidentally stepped on a landmine on the Line of Control (LoC) in state’s Mendhar sector on Saturday.

The explosion took place on Friday evening during a border patrol in the Mendhar sector of Poonch district, Defence Ministry spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta said.

“The mine had drifted due to rain. The soldier was wearing mine protection shoes. He suffered a heal fracture,” the spokesperson said.

The injured soldier was shifted to Udhampur Command hospital for treatment, he said.

The army plants mines in infiltration-prone areas on the LoC to prevent entry of infiltrators.

On the other hand, a day after the body of a villager was found in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police on Saturday said security forces were not involved in his killing.

The body of Muhammad Yusuf Dar, a resident of Gadoora village, was found on Friday by locals.

“Dar was killed by militants and we have registered an FIR,” a police officer said.

But villagers and members of the Kashmir High Court Bar Association have alleged that Dar was killed by security forces.

The lawyers’ body has demanded a judicial probe into the killing.

According to reports, some terrorists, who fired in the air to register their presence, were seen in the funeral procession.

The reports said the slain villager had been an overground worker of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group.

Such overground workers act as eyes and ears of the terrorists.

According to intelligence agencies, keeping track of the movement of security forces and arranging shelter and food for terrorists are the main activities of such people.

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