Army jawan ab­ducted; an­other jawan, 2 ul­tras killed in en­counter


TWO mil­i­tants and an Army jawan were killed in an en­counter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandi­pora dis­trict, while an­other jawan was ab­ducted from Shopian on Wednesday.

“Two ter­ror­ists have been killed in an on­go­ing op­er­a­tion in Pa­nar for­est area of Bandi­pora (in north Kashmir),” a de­fence spokesman said here. He added that a jawan also lost his life in the op­er­a­tion.

An­other jawan Au­rangzeb, posted in the mil­i­tant strong­hold of Shopian in south Kashmir, was ab­ducted from Kalam­pora area in Pul­wama, while he was pro­ceed­ing on leave to his home town Ra­jouri for Eid. Of­fi­cials said, Au­rangzeb be­longs to 4 J&K Light In­fantry and is posted with the 44 Rashtriya Ri­fles camp at Shadi­marg in Shopian. At about 9 am in the morn­ing, army men from the unit stopped a car ask­ing the driver to drop Au­rangzeb in Shopian. Mil­i­tants stopped the ve­hi­cle as it ap­proached Kalam­pora and ab­ducted the jawan. His bul­let-rid­den body was re­cov­ered at night from Pul­wama in South Kashmir: The Army is con­duct­ing an in­quiry into the in­ci­dent.

In yet an­other in­ci­dent, sus­pected mil­i­tants snatched a ri­fle from a CRPF con­sta­ble at GRP bar­racks, about 400 m from Sadura rai­way sta­tion in Anant­nag. The men pelted stones at the con­sta­ble and a gun-shot was heard. How­ever, lo­cal po­lice said there was no re­port of any fir­ing.

Mean­while Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh on Thursday held a meet­ing with of­fi­cials from cen­tral and state gov­ern­ments, se­cu­rity agen­cies and para­mil­i­tary forces to re­view se­cu­rity for the forth­com­ing Amar­nath Ya­tra and dis­cuss the fate of the month­long uni­lat­eral cease­fire.

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