DRONE surveillance and search operations are underway by security forces after an encounter broke out between security forces and terrorists yesterday in the Anantnag district. After three officers lost their lives in an encounter in Anantnag, the Indian Army along with the local police continued their operation against a group of two or three terrorists hiding at the spot, officials said on Thursday. According to the Indian Army, the security forces including Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police are being provided support by small quadcopters and larger drones to keep an eye on the entire area.
The Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen Rajeev Ghai and Rashtriya Rifles’ Victor Force commander Maj Gen Balbir Singh have already visited the encounter site to boost the morale of troops in operations, officials said. Security forces have recovered a large quantity of warlike stores, including medicines, with Pakistan markings during a search amid the encounter that continued on Wednesday evening according to officials. The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday said it has ‘encircled’ two or three Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists in Anantnag district where three security officers were killed in an encounter a day earlier.
“In solemn tribute to the unwavering valour of Col Manpreet Singh, Major Ashish Dhonak & DSP Humayun Bhat who laid down their lives leading from the front during this ongoing operation. Our forces persist with unwavering resolve as they encircle LeT terrorists including Uzair Khan,” Kashmir Zone Police said. The commanding officer of 19 Rashtriya Rifles, a major rank officer and a Deputy Superintendent of Police were killed in an encounter with the terrorists at Gadole in Kokernag area of Anantnag district in Wednesday.