In a massive breakthrough for the security forces, 5 terrorists (members of the Chottu Lashkar gang), operating in North Kashmir's area of Hajin have been neutralised in a joint operation launched by the RR, CRPF and JKP troops. Based on the concrete intellegence, the initial contact was established at around 3:30 pm and within the first two hours 5 kills were reported by the security forces.
There are unconfirmed reports suggesting that one of the terrorist (killed or alive) at the site could be the nephew of Lakhvi. The Lashkar have been trying to recruit youngsters in the valley in the midst of a leadership crisis for the terror organisation operating from both Pakistan and the valley.
This comes at a time when the valley has been seeing a spurt in LeT recruitment, the radicalization of youngsters and frequent attacks on security forces along with their family members. The encounter was successful in eliminating terrorists who were recently involved in the cold-blooded murder of a local BSF troop Ramzan Parrey along with killing a JK police official as well.
North Kashmir has been reeling under the cloud of resurfacing of terrorism, led by Lashkar and funded by Pakistan. Even as reports of the five kills was being reported, the encounter is still going on with three terrorists still to be neutralised or captured. Local residents have been trying to provide a cover for the terrorists by resorting to stone pelting at the forces but the situation remains under control of the forces. The hunt for the said Lashkar gang had been on for a long time ever since they murdered the BSF jawan, while the first time round he terrorists escaped with help of locals, this time around they could not escape from the crosshairs of the security forces.
JK DGP, SP Vaid confirmed the reports of five terrorists being killed but refused to divulge more than their Lashkar identity since the operation is still going on. Much damage is being reported from the encounter side where a civilian has been injured along with some injuries afflicted upon the security forces.