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Search operation on to neutralise terrorists present in higher reaches of J&K’s Doda: Police

Five troopers of the Rashtriya Rifles and a special police officer (SPO) were injured Tuesday night when the terrorists attacked a joint check post in the upper reaches of Chattergalla on the Bhaderwah-Pathankot road in the hilly district.
Last Updated : 12 June 2024, 14:33 IST

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Bhaderwah/Jammu: One group comprising three to four terrorists are present in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district, a senior police officer said on Wednesday, asserting that a search operation is on to neutralise them despite the challenging terrain.

Five troopers of the Rashtriya Rifles and a special police officer (SPO) were injured Tuesday night when the terrorists attacked a joint check post in the upper reaches of Chattergalla on the Bhaderwah-Pathankot road in the hilly district.

“Over the past few days, we were getting information about movement of terrorists through the intelligence branch of district police and accordingly, temporary posts jointly manned by army and police were set up in the higher reaches along with check points on the (inter-state) road,” Deputy Inspector General of Police, Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban range, Shridhar Patil, told reporters here.

Patil, who is supervising the anti-terrorist operation, said the sentry of a post at Chattergalla pass, connecting Doda and Kathua districts, observed suspicious movement late Tuesday night and challenged the suspected persons.

“The terrorists opened fire and in the ensuing exchange of firing which continued for a long time, more than one-and-a-half hours, the deployed personnel fought bravely. Some of our personnel, including a policeman were injured but all of them are stable and out of danger,” the officer said.

He said the whole area is being combed with utilization of modern equipment and “we are hopeful of neutralizing this group (of terrorists) very soon”.

The DIG said the group of terrorists only consisted of three to four members.

Talking about the challenges during the operation, he said the mountains are very deep with thick forest cover.

“We have to move tactically as there is a difference in conducting operations in the plains and mountainous areas. The combing in tough terrains takes time and we have to tread cautiously to avoid any casualty on our side before neutralizing the terrorists,” he added.

According to the officials, the traffic movement has been completely suspended on the busy Bhadarwah-Pathankot interstate highway in view of the ongoing search and cordon operation in Chattergalla, Guldandi, Sarthal, Shankh Pader and Kailash mountain range.

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Published 12 June 2024, 14:33 IST

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