Army defuses two missile shells in Poonch
STATE TIMES NEWSJammu: The Army on Wednesday continued its search operation a day after a JCO was martyred in a gunfight with terrorists, who had sneaked into Indian territory taking cover of firing from the Pakistani side, in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, an official said. A suspicious movement of terrorists was observed near the forward area along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Kalal belt of Nowshera sector on Tuesday. The movement was supported by firing from Pakistani troops which drew strong retaliation from the Indian Army, the official said. In the gunfight, a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of the Army was critically injured and later succumbed to injuries, he said. Naib Subedar Valte Sunil Ravsaheb, 40, belonged to Dahigaon village in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district. He is survived by his wife. “He was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” the official added. In a related development, two over ground workers (OGWs) of Hizbul Mujahideen, including the brother of top Hizbul terrorist Jehangir Saroori, were arrested by the police in Kishtwar district, officials said.
As part of the ongoing operation against terrorists and their supporters in the state, police raided a place in Kishtwar hills and arrested the two OGWs on Tuesday night, they said.
They have been identified as Abdul Kareen, brother of Hizbul terrorist Amin Bhat alias Jehangir Saroori, and Danish Naseer of Dacchan belt, they said.
12 terrorists and their supporters have already been arrested as part of the operation.
Meanwhile, the Army has defused two anti-tank guided missile shells fired by Pakistani troops along the LoC Poonch district, officials said.
The shells have been defused by Army engineers in a forward area along the LoC in Poonch district, they said. Pakistan has been resorting to heavy mortar shelling along the LoC for the past over one month.
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