Based on the confirmed input received regarding the move of terrorists in Budgam, a joint mobile vehicle check post was launched by Army & JKP by 0930hr on 17 Jan 2023.
Ensuing that, at 0940hrs, the Security Forces intercepted a suspected Tata Sumo. On being intercepted, the terrorists in the vehicle, in an attempt to flee, opened indiscriminate fire on the Security Forces. They did so to create chaos by inflicting casualties to Security Forces & civilians in the crowded area.
However, the Security Forces exercised complete restraint and cordoned off the terrorists in the nearby shops, where they had to seek shelter.
The security forces tightened the noose of the area by dynamically reinforcing the area with additional troops and cutting off all possible escape roots. While ensuring strict fire control and valuing civilian life, security forces evacuated the locals to safety.
The terrorists continued with indiscriminate fire on the security forces evacuating the locals. In the ensuing firefight, the dreaded terrorists were eliminated by the precise fire brought down by our security forces.
As per the JKP, the neutralized terrorists have been identified as Sahid Rashid Sheikh, r/o Kisrigom, Kakapora, and Arbaz Ah Mir, r/o Putrigam, Pulwama, both belonging to the outlawed LeT outfit. The search of the area resulted in the recovery of one AK series rifle, one pistol, and other indiscriminating material.
Eliminating these terrorists has given a big jolt to the terrorist ‘tanzeems‘ in the area. It has disturbed their nefarious plans of disturbing the peace and tranquillity in the area. A close watch continues to be there in the area, as reported.
The author is a Delhi-based, DCC-qualified defence beat writer and independent contributor to print and online publications
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