Fierce encounter in J&K enters 4th day

An Army major and two jawans were injured in a gunbattle with militants in Poonch district.

Jammu: An Army major and two jawans were
injured in a gunbattle with militants in Poonch district as
the operation against ultras in the region entered the fourth
day Friday.

Troops of 37 Rashtriya Rifles were conducting the
operation around 0430 hrs when militants perched on mountain
tops fired on them resulting in exchanges, Defence Spokesman
Lt Col Biplav Nath said.

In the encounter, a major and two jawans were injured,
he said, adding the gunbattle is going on when reports last
came in from the area.

The injured Armymen have been airlifted by a chopper
to the military hospital in Udhampur. They have been
identified as Major G S Shekhawat, Naik Narendra Kumar and
Sepoy Bhanu Pratap.

The anti-terrorist operation was launched by Army`s 37
Rashtriya Rifle (RR) troops after inputs about infiltration of
a group of 10 to 12 militants in Mankote forest belt on July

During the operation, an Army major was killed and six
other securitymen, including a colonel, injured in an
encounter with suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists on July

Major Amit Phunge was killed in the encounter with the
militants while Colonel Ajay Katoch of 47 Rashtriya Rifles was

Two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants were killed yesterday in
an encounter with security forces in Beri-Rakh forest in the

The operation is going on in the area to track down
the rest of the militants in this dense forest belt close to
the Line of Control in Mankote-Mendhar belt, an Army official