Jammu: Security has been tightened in Nagrota along Jammu-Srinagar National Highway after four terrorists were neutralised during an encounter near Ban toll plaza. One constable has reportedly suffered injuries in the exchange of fire. The highway has been closed for routine commuting.
“The four terrorists that were neutralised in the encounter at Ban toll plaza are likely from Jaish-e-Mohammed. They used old modus operandi and had recently infiltrated to the Indian side. An investigation is underway,” news agency ANI cited sources as saying.
According to initial reports, three-four terrorists were travelling in a truck which was intercepted by the security personnel at the Ban toll plaza. They opened fire on the security forces during a search operation. The operation lasted for two hours.
The militants fired on the troops from automatic weapons after their vehicle was intercepted by the troops at the Toll Plaza for checking. The security personnel returned fire, triggering an encounter.
Immediately after the start of gunfight, additional police, CRPF and army men rushed to the spot to take on the militants and prevent them from escaping from the area. “In the ensuing firefight, all the four militants were killed,” a police official said.
Jammu and Kashmir: Security tightened in Nagrota as an encounter is underway near Ban toll plaza. Visuals from Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. pic.twitter.com/JxfERDPmUw— ANI (@ANI) November 19, 2020
He said that a police constable sustained injuries in the encounter and has been hospitalized. The official said that the combing operation was going on when reports last poured in. The authorities suspended vehicular movement on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only road link connecting Kashmir with rest of the world, and also increased security in Jammu and adjoining towns.
It is the second encounter near Ban Toll Plaza in Nagrota area of Jammu this year. Earlier, on January 31, three militants were killed in an encounter with security personnel after troops intercepted a truck in which they were travelling.
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