3 Militants, Army Jawan Killed In Encounters In Rajouri30 March 2010
Jammu: Three militants and an Army jawan were killed and two policemen were injured in two separate gunbattles in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, security officials said. Acting on a tip off, Army and police personnel launched a cordon-and-search operation in LambiBeri-Tilnai Khoo forests in Kandi Bhudal belt of Rajouri district against militants trying to infiltrate from across the border, they said. During search operation in the area, in which five to six militants were trapped, army and police came under heavy firing and hit back, triggering a fierce gunbattle at 1630 hours, the officials said. In the gunbattle that raged till late in the evening, two militants and an Army jawan were killed and another injured, they said adding two to three militants are still trapped. The injured jawan was airlifted to the military hospital in critical condition, they said adding additional troops have been rushed to the spot and bodies are yet to be recovered. Police and troops, who were searching for a group of infiltrating militants, finally trapped the militants in Triyath area of the same district this evening, they said adding militants fired on the search party led by Additional SP R K Bhat, setting off another gunfight. One militant was killed and SHO of Dharamshal police station Showkat Ali injured at Triyath, the officials said adding four to five militants are trapped in the cordon as the gunbattle escalated. The body of the militant is yet to be recovered. Officials suspect this is the same infiltrating group of militants two of whose Pakistani members were killed in Dharamshal area on Saturday.