Less than 12 hours after India carried out “surgical strikes”, an encounter broke out between security forces and some militants at Sagra, in Mendhar sector, along the Line of Control (LoC) on Thursday afternoon. Sources said the militants were suspected to have sneaked in under cover of firing and mortar shelling from across the border, in Balnoi area of Mendhar from 4:30 am to 6 am on Thursday.
Sagra is located near Balnoi, which is on this side of the LoC. It also adjoins Bhimber Gali (BG) sector, from where Indian troops are believed to have carried out the “surgical strikes”. At about 2 pm on Thursday, security forces at a police naka near the Sagra forest reportedly came under fire. Additional security forces were rushed to the area and joined the operation against the militants, who are suspected to be hiding in the dense forest. While the firing has stopped, the forest area has been cordoned off. A special police official, identified as Talib Hussain, has been injured in the operation. Pakistani troops also violated ceasefire in Kalal area of Naushera on Thursday morning and at Sawjian on Wednesday night.