In an operation launched by the Indian Army on November 13, after receiving a tip-off about the presence of militants in Jammu and Kashmir, one of the militants, responsible for killing Colonel Santosh Mahadik in the high altitude Manigarh forest of Kupwara district, was finally shot to death.
Since then, the army has intensified anti-terror operations in J&K, in which three militants and one soldier were reportedly killed.
The first militant of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was killed on the 11th day of the operation deep inside the jungle. The Army and the police had launched a cordon-and-search operation to hunt the militants. Later, Special Forces and choppers were also rushed in by the army.
In four contacts so far, the militants who were responsible for the death of Colonel Mahadik, and five others has been neutralized.
The other three militants belonging to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen were hunted down and killed by the Special Force in Anantnag district.
Defence spokesperson at Srinagar, Colonel NN Joshi said that acting on the tip-off, the Rashtriya Rifles and police launched a swift operation.
The police was met by indiscriminate firing outside the suspect’s house. Cautiously engaging in gun battle, the army avoided any collateral damage to civilians.
The three militants slain were identified as Sartaj Ahmad Lone, Adil Ahmad Sheik and Tanveer Ahmad Bhat.
The police spokesperson revealed:
Adil Sheikh was involved in the killing of a policeman, Arif Nazir Khan, in June 16 this year. Tanveer was involved in the killing of a civilian, Javid Ahamd Sofi. Three AK-47 rifles, six magazines, one Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL), three UBGL grenades and one pistol with magazine were recovered.
In another incidence, a soldier was killed when his patrol came under heavy firing near the Line of Control in Naoshera Sector. In killing the militant, a soldier sacrificed his life; he died while being taken to the hospital.