Three militants killed, DySP among 12 injured in Kakrayal encounter

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Jammu, Sep 13: The more than eight hours long operation ended after security forces eliminated all three Pakistani militants engaged in a gun battle in Kakrayal village of Reasi district in Jammu and Kashmir.
“All three Pakistani militants have been killed,” said a senior police official.
He added that they belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit.
Meanwhile, 12 security personnel including an officer and five CRPF men are wounded in an encounter.
A day after militants fired at a police party and fled from the spot, encounter started between security forces and the militants near Kakrayal-Jhajjar Kotli on Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
“The area was cordoned after militants were intercepted and trapped in a house of one Ishwar Dass by the search parties of Army, police and CRPF while they fired at them which was retaliated and exchange of fire started,” said a police spokesman.
He said that after around 24 hours long search operation, escaped militants have been trapped near village Kakrayal close to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi.
Twelve persons including of J&K Police and CRPF got injured while three militants have been neutralised.
“The operation has been called off but the area is cordoned and search operation is on,” he added.
The injured from CRPF were HarshPal Singh 6 Bn, Pancham Singh 6 Bn, Abhay Singh 187 Bn, Manoj Kumar AC 187 Bn and Zakir Hussain 6Bn.
However, injured from J&K Police were SDPO Nagrota DySP Ashok Sharma, Sgct Mohd Iqbal, Constable Bhanu Partap Singh.
“All injured are stable with minor injuries and are currently in Narayana hospital,” said the spokesman.
Meanwhile, Udhampur district administration has ordered closure of all the schools in the region.
“There are inputs that they have infiltrated between Samba-Bobiya area along International Border and the truck driver and co-driver were the guides who were taking them to the Kashmir valley,” said the GOC.
They might have big target and that is why they were going to Kashmir where they get all logistic support which is impossible for them in Jammu, adding, “had they been not on big mission, they could have targeted any major installation on the way.”
The truck driver and his helper halted at a ‘dhaba’ and asked for five breakfasts, which created suspicion and the truck was searched and they opened fire, the Major General said.
“We carried out the operation keeping in mind that there should be no injury or loss to civilian life,” said the top cop adding that the militants have come from Pakistan and infiltrated from Dayalachak area in Kathua district.
“The guides (truck driver-helper) are being questioned to ascertain the facts of the militants,” he added.
He said that a deal of Rs 30,000 was fixed to take the terrorists from Dayalachak to Kashmir.
The driver and his helper has been identified as Riaz Ahmed of Budgam and Maqbool Ahmed of Charar-e-Shareef respectively.
“All the militants were in the age group of 18 to 22 years,” said an officer.
Meanwhile, the traffic on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was suspended and diverted to alternate routes.
A civilian also suffered injuries and the truck driver with his helper were arrested on the spot.
One AK rifle and three magazine were also recovered from the truck.