New Delhi: Two terrorists were gunned down and three soldiers were fatally injured in a pre-dawn attack on an army installation at Pargal in the Darhal area of district Rajouri on Thursday. The attack comes days ahead of the celebration of the 75th Independence Day.
The attack seemed to be a part of an infiltration attempt by a Fidayeen group. According to the police, the terrorists had tried to sneak in by trespassing the fence which alerted the sentry on duty. He opened fire which triggered an encounter that eventually killed the two terrorists after an exchange of fire.
People aware of the matter said that the terrorists however had the advantage of surprise due to which they were able to inflict some damage on the forces thereby injuring at least five soldiers according to the reports.
As reported by the government’s official media source, Prasar Bharti, three of the injured had succumbed to the injuries while the whole area was cordoned off. The area lies 25 kilometers away from Rajouri town.
Meanwhile, the Chenab Valley which also includes the Rajouri-Poonch area has become the latest turf for terrorist activities with Jammu and Kashmir Police blaming terror groups, especially the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), for trying to revive the dead militancy in the region.
The groups are trying to rejuvenate militancy by re-activating the network of overground workers in the region, the Army has also held as it tried reaching out to the masses in the region. The day LeT commander Talib Hussain Shah was apprehended, the Army organized free-of-cost guidance for youth to join the forces as ‘Agniveers’ as it gave them glimpses of how the selection would take place.
The debate about terrorist activity gaining traction in the region which was recently declared “terror-free” has reignited with this attack. Earlier, the Additional Director General of J&K Police had said that terrorist activity in the area has been coordinated by the handlers from across the border and even in the recent case of Talib Hussain, police have held that a leader named Qasim was instructing both the detained terrorists from Pakistan.
On May 24, 2022, the Army also reached out to the families of the surrendered terrorists in the Chenab valley where it said that “Awam (people) by and large does not favor bloodshed and separatist politics’ ‘ but are being exploited.
Defense spokesman had said that “due to inadequate employment opportunities and lack of awareness amongst the local youth, they are vulnerable to the lures of the inimical and anti-national elements”.
Meanwhile, earlier on April 16, the Security forces in Rajouri foiled a terror plot by recovering an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) on Rajouri Gurdan road, said an official statement by the Rajouri police. The recovered IED was later taken to a safer location and was destroyed.
According to a police spokesperson, information was received about some suspicious movement in Gurdan Chawa village on Rajouri-Gurdan road earlier. On this, Jammu and Kashmir police teams from Army, Special Operation Group of Police, and teams of the Army launched a joint Cordon and Search Operation in the area and found an IED.
Last year as well two grenade attacks had taken place. One was at a BJP leader’s house killing his toddler and injuring six family members. Another attack had also taken place but none was killed and it was a grenade explosion outside the shanty of a non-local family.