On Thursday morning, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jammu, Mukesh Singh during a press conference in Jammu said, “terrorists killed in a gunfight with the security forces in the Nagrota area of Jammu were planning a big strike in Kashmir. The cache of weapons that the terrorists were carrying signifies that they were about to initiate a big plan in the valley,”. He added, “they have recovered a huge number of arms and ammunition from the terrorists after several years in which 11 AK47 rifles, 3 pistols, 29 grenades, 6 under barrel grenade launchers (UBGL), mobile phones, compass and several bullet proof pouches have been recovered”.
He said that the truck in which the terrorists were travelling was on its way to Kashmir, It was stopped at 5:00 am at a checkpoint to check the truck near Ban toll plaza Nagrota. At the moment the truck was stooped, the hidden terrorists opened a heavy volume of fire and threw many grenades at the security forces, adding, “the driver of the truck managed to flee from the spot.” He said, “the security forces retaliated and two police constables have received injuries during the encounter but are now out of danger.”
“They have been receiving many inputs about a possible infiltration since the announcement of District Development Council (DDC) polls but we are yet to confirm whether this was a post-infiltration attack,” he further added. The Jammu police chief said, “the identity of the all the four terrorists killed is yet to be identified but may be associated with the terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). The search operation is still underway at the site,” adding: “the traffic on the highway would be resumed only after the area is fully safe and the situation is under control.”