In the ceasefire on the Line of Control by Pakistan in Rajouri district, an Indian soldier was severely injured and later succumbed to his injuries on November 21, when India had called the Pakistan deputy chief for the recent Nagrota attack. With the attack, Pakistan has also violated the bilateral ceasefire agreement signed by both countries in 1999.
Recently, just a week before the twelfth anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, the CCTV footage of Pakistan’s ‘terror attack’ used by jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist was accessed showing fake number plate was used. They were four terrorists, travelling in a truck when they were intercepted early in the morning near a toll plaza in the Nagrota area at 5 am. When security forces started checking the trucks the terrorists started firing indiscriminately.
The security forces also recovered a huge cache of arms, ammunition, and explosive material, including 11 AK rifles, 3 pistols, 29 grenades, and 6 UBGL grenades, from the terrorists. After seizing arms Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu, Mukesh Singh, said based on the weapon recovery and past instances, the terrorists appear to be members of the JeM.
Later, all four terrorists were killed in the three-hour-long operation, the truck in which they were hiding also caught fire. Since these terrorists were camping across the LoC with the full backing of the Pakistani Army. Also, two policemen sustained injuries in the gunbattle which took place on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
After this occurrence, a team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths visited the Nagrota encounter site on Thursday afternoon to pick up forensic and other evidence. The NIA involvement in the probe into the Nagrota encounter is important as Jammu and Kashmir Police have said that the terrorists were probably planning a big attack and the upcoming District Development Council (DDC) elections could also have been their target.
In Srinagar, Vijay Kumar, IGP (Kashmir), said the terrorists were planning to disrupt the DDC polls scheduled to begin later this month. Kumar said Pakistan has been making attempts to cause trouble in the political process. They aimed to come to Kashmir to disturb the election process,” he said on the sidelines of a function in Srinagar.
Since 2018, JeM has been using trucks as mobile bunkers, and ‘for the last few days, Pakistan has increased attempts to infiltrate militants into this side and to disturb the elections for which the process is on’.
In this context, Jammu Police and security forces have done a good job by neutralizing four Pakistanis and Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane added, the message was very clear for Pakistan and its terrorists that anyone crossing the LoC to infiltrate into India would be dealt in the same way and wouldn’t be able to return back.
Further Vijay Kumar, IGP said, “Whether there is an election or August 15 or January 26 or even a VIP visit, apprehensions are always there, but we are fully prepared. We are providing security to the candidates and they have started going to the field for campaigning from yesterday and there is nothing to fear.”
However, there was no collateral damage and a heavy amount of arms recovered. Hard intelligence and close coordination made the operation possible.