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India warns Pakistan, but denies strikes in PoK; 4 JeM terrorists killed

Rahul M
·3-min read

After the successful operation by security forces to eliminate four suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists in Nagrota on Thursday, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said that the message was very clear for Pakistan and its terrorists that whosoever crosses the Line of Control to infiltrate into India would be dealt with in the same manner and would not be able to go back.

The Army Chief heaped praise for the troops who carried out the operation against terrorists hiding in a truck laden with apples. He said that there was a great deal of synergy between the Army, Jammu and Kashmir Police and paramilitary troops deployed there.

"This was a very successful operation by the security forces. It shows the high degree of synergy between all the security forces operating on the ground," General Naravane told ANI.

"The message is very clear for the adversary and terrorists that whosoever tries to infiltrate towards our side would be dealt in the same manner and they would not be able to go back," he added.

Earlier today, reports of the Indian Army attacking terror launchpads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) were doing rounds. Soon after, the Indian Army Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh clarified that the Indian Army has not conducted any action in PoK.

"Reports of Indian Army's action in PoK across the Line of Control are fake," Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh said.

The DGMO had to react as news reports suggested that the Indian Army had carried out precision strikes against terrorists in PoK.

Security forces including the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) along with the Special Operations Group of Jammu and Kashmir Police and Army were put on alert after receiving information regarding a suspicious truck carrying terrorists.

Following this, an encounter broke out between the troops and terrorists at 4.20 AM when the truck was attempted to be stopped near the toll plaza.

After the four terrorists were killed during the encounter, 11 AK-47s rifles, 3 pistols, 29 grenades, and other devices were recovered from them. It seems they had infiltrated with the intention of doing something big and were headed towards Kashmir valley.

A significant quantity of Pakistan-made medicines was recovered from the possession of four terrorists who were neutralised in Jammu's Nagrota on Thursday, reported ANI.

The encounter between terrorists and security forces broke out in the early hours of Thursday near Ban Toll Plaza in the Nagrota area of Jammu district. The encounter lasted for three hours.

The terrorists had come to execute a 'big plan' which has now been foiled, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu, Mukesh Singh, said.

Reacting to the success of the security forces, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said, 'No outside force can derail us from our mission of peace and progress.' In Srinagar, IGP, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said the four terrorists were on their way to the Kashmir Valley to disturb the District Development Council (DDC) polls scheduled later this month, as Pakistan has been trying to cause trouble in the political process.

Giving details of the encounter, IGP Mukesh Singh told a press conference in Jammu that ever since the announcement of DDC polls, police have been receiving inputs about a possible infiltration bid by terrorists in Jammu.

In the last few weeks, Pakistan Army has been aggressively targeting civilians on Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) by resorting to indiscriminate firing by heavy calibre artillery guns to support infiltration of terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir, they said.

This year, 21 innocent civilians have lost their lives in Pakistani firing compared to 18 in the whole of 2019, according to official data.

(With inputs from agencies)