Safety forces had been on the path of a gaggle of terrorists within the forest space of Rajwara in Jammu Kashmir’s Kupwara close to Handwara on Might 1 when the primary contact was made at round Three pm.
This was the identical group that took shelter in a home in Changimulla, Handwara the place 5 safety personnel together with an Indian military colonel who was commanding the unit a part of the operation had been killed.
Whereas 4 military personnel and one from Jammu and Kashmir police had been killed in motion, two terrorists had been gunned down.
The terrorists managed to present safety forces a slip after being cornered as they used 11 civilians as human shields together with 5 ladies and kids.
“One terrorist was injured within the transient gun battle however the group of 3-Four terrorists managed to flee,” stated a supply aware about the small print.
Sources stated as civilians had been getting used as a defend the operation needed to be halted.
As contemporary intelligence on their motion got here in, the terrorists had been founding hiding in a house taking civilians hostage in a home in Changimulla in Handwara of Kupwara district hostage.
Sources stated the primary details about a gaggle of terrorists energetic within the forest areas got here in on April 28. “Searches had been launched and make contact with was made on Might 1,” stated an official.
The next day on Might 2, primarily based on new inputs, one other operation was launched zeroing in a home in Changimulla, Handwara.
A joint operation was launched by Military and Jammu and Kashmir Police. A workforce comprising of 5 Military and J&Okay Police personnel entered the goal space occupied by the terrorists to evacuate the civilians.
Because the workforce moved in there was heavy firing from one nook of the home. “Later it was discovered that the terrorists had been hiding in a cowshed and firing from there. Two of them had been killed however we misplaced 5 males,” stated an official.
Whereas two terrorists had been killed, there have been at the very least two extra terrorists within the premises of the home who fired from a distinct route that resulted within the casualties.
“The workforce of Military and J&Okay Police personnel entered the goal space and efficiently extricated the civilians. Nonetheless, through the course of, the workforce was subjected to a heavy quantity of fireplace by the terrorists. Within the ensuing firefight, two terrorists had been eradicated and the workforce of 5 Military and J&Okay Police personnel comprising of two Military officers, two Military troopers and one J&Okay Police Sub Inspector attained martyrdom,” a press release from the Military stated.
Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, Sena Medal Main Anuj Sood, Naik Rakesh Kumar, Lance Naik Dinesh Singh and Sub Inspector Shakeel Qazi laid down their lives within the operation.