Encounter breaks out in Jammu's Nagrota; Srinagar highway closed

Henrietta Brewer
November 21, 2020

Jammu: An encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces personnel on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway on the outskirts of Jammu city early on Thursday, officials said.

"Four terrorists have been neutralized and one Police Constable injured in an encounter at Ban Toll Plaza, Jammu with Police, CRPF and Army", IGP Jammu wrote on his Twitter Handle.

04 Terrorists killed in an #encounter near Ban Toll Plaza, When a Truck was intercepted by security forces. The security forces recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition that include 11 AK riffles, 29 grenades (apart from those lobbed at the security forces), three pistols and RDX.

As per weapon recovery and past instances, it appears that they belong to JeM, he added. During the search of the vehicle, the hiding terrorists opened a heavy volume of fire that was retaliated. However, reliable sources told UNI that the terrorists neutralised were of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist outfit and might have infiltrated recently from across the global border. "Their (militants') aim was to come to Kashmir to disturb the election process".

The statement said that the toxic "Hindutva ideology, preached and practiced by the RSS-BJP mix", has resulted in the systematic targeting of Kashmiri youth through extra-judicial killings, torture in custody, enforced disappearances, and incarcerations. Reacting to the success of the security forces, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had said, "No outside force can derail us from our mission of peace and progress".

Kumar, however, said providing security to each candidate contesting the polls, which begin on November 28, was hard.

"Providing security to each candidate is hard". Experts believe this to be a significant achievement months after the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A which had also strengthened the security counter-terror grid. "Whenever any candidate goes out for campaigning, we provide a double escort with him and secure the area for him to campaign", he said when pointed out that the candidates were alleging that they had not been provided security.

"Despite the tenuous security situation and Pakistan's efforts, the DDC polls will be held as scheduled", a Home Ministry official said.

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