Slain Jaish militants were planning big: Police

Jammu: Jaish terrorists killed in Jammu encounter near Nagrota on Thursday were carrying huge quantities of arms and ammunition, including 11 AK-47 rifles and pistols and in all probability were planning something big, perhaps “disruption of district-level elections”, top police officer said.

DG Police J&K Dilbag Singh said: “The group of four JeM terrorists had infiltrated into India through the international border in Samba last night.”

The four were travelling in a Kashmir-bound truck and were killed during the encounter when their truck was intercepted by police at a toll plaza.

Inspector General Jammu, Mukesh Kunar, said there was specific inputs about the militants’ movement.

“There were inputs that the terrorists were planning to disrupt the upcoming District Development Council (DDC) elections,” he said.

He said the security was tight and the vehicles were being thoroughly checked on the highway.

“They were planning something big,” Kumar said. “Each terrorist was carrying at least three AK rifles.”

This is the second such encounter 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.

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