State home department sources said the encounter in the
forest area began two days back after a militant involved in a
car bombing at downtown city was arrested and he told the
police that perpetrators of the blast, which killed four
people, were staying in the jungles.
The jungles stretches from Khrew and Tral area of South
Two of the eight terrorists had been killed while the
remaining militants, mainly Pakistani nationals, were still
hiding in the jungles. Army helicopters had been pressed into
service to locate them, the sources said.
During the operations, the police smashed the hideout of
the militants where they found nearly five qunital of rations,
edible oil, blankets and other essential items suggestive of
the fact that terrorists were planning to stay in the jungles
for long, the sources said.
The tip-off was received after an arrest of a truck
driver who had provided logistical support to the militants in
planting a car bomb outside Central Jail last month in which
three policemen and a woman were killed and 10 security
personnel suffered injuries.
Srinagar: Army helicopters have been pressed
into service to locate Lashker-e-Taiba militants in Ledhu
forests of South Kashmir as Jammu and Kashmir Police and Army
mounted its offensive against terrorists holed up in the
First Published: Wednesday, October 07, 2009, 17:34