Two terrorists, CRPF man killed in Kathua encounter; Five soldiers, two police personnel injured in two ongoing Ops in Bhaderwah, Gandoh areas of Doda;  Slain in Kathua were part of newly infiltrated group, IEDs, Grenades, US made M4 carbine recovered; Ops on, can’t rule out presence of more terrorists: ADGP Jain; Entire Jammu region on high alert

Bhaderwah/Jammu: Jammu seems to be fresh target of terrorists as two heavily armed terrorists and a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed whereas seven security forces personnel including five soldiers, a Special Police Officer (SPO), a policeman and a civilian were injured in three different firefights in Jammu’s Kathua, Bhaderwah and Gandoh areas.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Jammu-Samba-Kathua range and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kathua had a narrow escape in the encounter which lasted for a few hours in the Hiranagar area of Kathua.

The Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Jammu zone, Anand Jain, while talking to reporters, said that two terrorists, who had recently infiltrated, entered a house in Saida Sukhal village in Hiranagar area of Kathua district and asked for the water.

“As soon as the information was received, the teams of SHO and SDPO reached the spot. One of the terrorists was killed in the exchange of fire last night whereas another was killed today,” he said.

“One CRPF Jawan and a civilian were injured in the fierce firefight but the RPF jawan succumbed to his injuries whereas the civilian is stable,” he said.

“The second terrorist, armed with a US-made M4 carbine assault rifle, was holed up in the forested region and was eliminated this afternoon. There were rumours that many people were injured and three were dead. But only one civilian was injured, other than this all information regarding hostages being held and death, are rumours,” the ADGP added.

Meanwhile, in Chattergala area on Bhaderwah-Bani road in district Doda terrorists attacked a joint army and police party in which five soldiers and a SPO were injured who were evacuated to sub-district hospital Bhaderwah and later on shifted to command hospital Udhampur for the treatment.

“#Army and #Police joint Naka has engaged #terrorist in Chattargala area of #Doda . Firefight is going on.  More details to follow,” ADGP Jammu informed on X.

DIG Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban range, Shridhar Patil told media persons here that a joint army and police post was established at Chattergala which probably hindered the movement of terrorists in the forest areas. “Last night some suspicious movement was observed by alert sentries and soldiers which were challenged and terrorists opened fire on security forces. The fierce firefight continued for half an hour in which five soldiers and a SPO were injured. Terrorists managed to flee from the area in darkness but the search operations have been initiated to trace and kill them,” he said.

Immediately after the fire fight broke out more forces have been rushed to the area and traffic movement on Bhaderwah-Bani route has been suspended. No vehicle of tourists is being allowed to move towards Chattergala whereas security has been heightened in the entire region.

News agency KNO quoted sources as saying that after the initial firing, militants have fled from the area and a massive manhunt has been launched.

Meanwhile, this evening another firefight started in the upper reaches of the Gandoh area of Doda district in which one policeman was injured.

Another search operation was going on in Kalal village near the line of control in Rajouri district after the movement of suspicious people in the village.

For the last 96 hours, Jammu region has witnessed four firefights and attacks in which two terrorists, one CRPF Jawan and nine civilians were killed in Kathua and Reasi districts whereas several others were injured. Firstly, terrorists attacked a bus carrying pilgrims from Shiv Khori towards Katra in Pouni area on Sunday evening and on Tuesday encounter started in Hiranagar area followed by firefight with terrorists in Chattergala area of Bhaderwah and now Gandoh area. Before that in the Sanai forests of Surankore area in Poonch district one IAF personnel was killed in the first week of May whereas one village defence guard member was killed in Basantgarh area of Udhampur.

At most of the places, terrorists have managed to flee the area after carrying attacks and only in Hiranagar they have been neutralized.

Narrow Escape

Two senior police officers, including a deputy inspector general (DIG) and a senior superintendent of police (SSP) had a narrow escape after terrorists fired a barrage of bullets on their vehicles amid the ongoing anti-terror operation in Kathua. “However, both the senior officers and other police personnel accompanying them escaped unhurt,” they said.


Security forces recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition from an ongoing encounter site in Kathua village of Jammu. The arms and ammunition recovered include three magazines containing 30 rounds, one magazine containing 24 rounds, 75 rounds in a separate polythene bag, and three live grenades. The recovery also includes currency notes of Rs 500 denomination worth 1 lakh, eatables including Pakistan-made chocolates, dry chickpea and stale (bread) chapatis, Pakistan-made medicines and pain killer injections, two packs of A4 battery cells, one handset having antenna and two wires hanging from the handset.

High Alert

Jammu has been high on the terror radar with these attacks being reported from areas known to be free of terrorism. Two days earlier, a bus on its way to the Shiv Khori cave temple came under attack in Reasi. The terrorists opened fire after the bus driver but lost control and fell into the gorge. Nine people were killed and 33 injured in the incident. The attack was carried out in the directions of Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Hamza, officials said. —(KNO)