Pakistani troops suddenly resorted to unprovoked firing on forward Indian positions at around 5.15 pm. Under the cover of fire, a group of 3-4 people infiltrated into the Indian side of the border.
An Army spokesperson Lt Colonel Devender Anand said, ”Some suspicious movement was noticed in the general area of Mendhar. Engagement has taken place. Search operation is in progress now.”
The highway was briefly re-opened for traffic on Tuesday after two days, but it was closed again Wednesday due to the landslides, he said.
Congress leader Manish Tewari said the situation with regard to Pakistan was extremely serious and sensitive and called for an end to “this ingenuous formulation that while terror and talks cannot go hand in hand, we can talk to Pakistan about terror”.
Rahul Gandhi also attacked the prime minister, saying while he was “dithering”, soldiers were paying with their blood because of the “opportunistic” alliance in Jammu and Kashmir.
Srinagar encounter highlights: The gunbattle between security forces and militants began early Monday morning following an aborted attempt by the militants to infiltrate into the CRPF camp.
The 23 Battalion CRPF camp, which was targeted on Monday, is located near the SMHS Hospital, from where Pakistani militant Naveed Jat was freed from police custody by terrorists on February 6.
Srinagar encounter: Two militants reportedly took refuge inside a building near a CRPF camp in Karannagar. A jawan who was injured in the firing succumbed to his injuries. The Lashkar-e-Taiba claimed responsibility for today’s attack.
Though no terrorist outfit has claimed responsibility so far, sources said the Jaish-e-Mohammad is suspected to be behind the attack.
Though the reshuffle came days after Srinagar hospital attack, sources said this it had nothing to do with the escape of Pakistani militant, Naveed Jat alias Hanzulla.
Pakistani troops carried out unprovoked shelling and firing on Indian defence and civilian facilities in Mendhar area of Poonch.
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