J&K DGP Dilbagh Singh and ADGP Jammu Mukesh Singh have also reached the Kandi area of Rajouri where the encounter is still going on.
The Defence spokesperson, sharing more details, said that during the operation, “terrorists triggered explosives in retaliation. While two soldiers died on the spot, four others were injured and evacuated to Command Hospital, Udhampur. Of them, three have died due to their injuries.”
On specific information about the presence of terrorists in the Kandi Forest in the Rajouri Sector, a joint operation was launched on 03 May 2023, the Army said in a statement.
“At about 0730 hours today, a search team established contact with a group of terrorists well entrenched in a cave. The area is thickly vegetated with rocky and steep cliffs,” it said.
Army further stated that the terrorists triggered an explosive device in retaliation. “The Army team suffered two fatal casualties with injuries to four more soldiers including an officer,” the statement said initially.
Additional teams from the vicinity were immediately rushed to the site of the encounter. “The injured personnel have been evacuated to Command Hospital, Udhampur,” it informed earlier.
The Army, in the beginning, informed that a group of terrorists were trapped in the area. “There is a likelihood of casualties on the terrorist side,” Army said, adding that the operation is in progress and further details are being ascertained.
Jammu and Kashmir is on high alert in view of the G20 meeting in Kashmir starting on the 22nd of May. After the Poonch attack in which five soldiers were martyred, for the borders – the Line of Control and the international border – a red alert has been sounded. It’s also believed that the terrorists who carried out the Poonch attack had recently infiltrated into the Indian side.
The patrolling at the Line of Control and international borders has been intensified and the day-night patrolling is done to ensure that no terrorists can infiltrate or terrorists across the border can’t push any kind of arms and ammunition this side.
Meanwhile, the mobile internet facilities in the Rajouri area have been suspended, the officials said.
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