The troops Tuesday launched a massive search operation after army personnel foiled a suspected militant attack on their camp in Jammu, three days after a deadly strike by Jaish-e-Mohammad group killed seven people at Sunjuwan military station, an official said.
A senior police officer said two motorcycle-borne militants are believed to have approached the main gate of the camp at Domana on Jammu-Akhnoor road around 4:30 am and fired on the sentry post after the personnel signaled them to stop, prompting retaliation.
Immediately additional forces were rushed and search operation was launched with the help of police by army in a bid to trace the “militants”. The searches continued for hours.
“An investigation has started and a search operation is underway to track down the fleeing militants,” the official said adding that an alert has been sounded in the area. “We are investigating the matter. Alert has been sounded and searches are going on,” SSP, Jammu, Vivek Gupta, told Rising Kashmir.
Heavily-armed militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) had stormed the Sunjuwan Army camp in Jammu on Saturday morning, triggering a gun battle.
As the combing and searches continued at the Sunjwan military station for the fourth day, Army recovered body of one of the trooper, who was killed during the initial gunfight with militants. He has been identified as Havaldar Ramesh Kumar son of Naresh Anand of Uttarakhand.
With the recovery of army man’s body, the death toll in the militant attack has risen to 10. Among the dead include six army men, a civilian and three militants were killed
On Monday, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Jammu to take stock of the situation following the attack. She blamed Pakistan for the attack and said Islamabad will pay the price for the “misadventure”.
“Pakistan will pay for this misadventure. I repeat Pakistan will pay for it,” she told reporters. Asked whether the Indian government was sharing evidence with Pakistan, Sitharaman said “yes”. “Yes, all the evidences which have been collected will be compiled and definitely the evidences will be given – as always – to Pakistan. But Pakistan, inspite of being given dossiers after dossiers, has not taken any action,” she said.
Security has been beefed up at the force’s installations in Udhampur, Jammu, Samba, Akhnoor and Kathua to avert any militant attack.