New Delhi: A total of four terrorists were on Thursday morning gunned down during an encounter with security forces near Ban toll plaza in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nagrota. This also led to the closure of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and heightened security in the area. A Police Constable was also injured during the encounter. Also Read - All Educational Institutes in Jammu And Kashmir to Remain Closed Till Year End
The four terrorists are suspected to belong from terror organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). They used old modus operandi and had recently infiltrated to the Indian side. Investigation is underway, news agency ANI quoted sources as saying. Also Read - BJP Wants to Develop an Ecosystem With No Place For Democracy: PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti
Further, weapons have been recovered from their custody. Also Read - Jammu & Kashmir DDC Polls: 51.76 % Voter Turnout Recorded in First Phase
Addressing a press conference, IG of Jammu Zone Mukesh Singh said that they are on the lookout for a truck driver as he is absconding. Further, the police are suspecting a “big terror attack” ahead of DDC election.
“The truck driver is absconding, we’re looking for him. It’s possible that they were planning a big attack. This kind of seizure is unprecedented. It’s possible that they were targeting DDC election. However, we’re investigating,” Mukesh Singh said.
“4 terrorists were killed during the encounter. 11 AK-47s rifles, 3 pistols, 29 grenades & other devices were recovered from them. It seems they had infiltrated with the intention of doing something big & were headed towards Kashmir valley. Operation is underway.”
The encounter started after a truck in which a group of terrorists were hiding was intercepted by the security forces at the toll plaza. The area has been cordoned off and additional forces have reached the spot.
Sources say it is a group of terrorists who had recently infiltrated from the international border in Jammu. They were hiding in a cavity inside the truck and were on their way to the Kashmir valley.
This is the second such operation on the Jammu Srinagar National highway this year. In January three terrorists were gunned down by the security forces. They had adopted the similar modus operandi by hiding inside a truck.