11 BSF personnel injured, one militant captured alive
Pardeep Singh Bali
Jammu: Three persons, including two soldiers and one ‘Pakistani’ militant was killed, while 11 other BSF men received injuries in a first-of-its-kind ambush on a BSF convoy in over a decade in Samroli in Udhampur district.
Meanwhile, one militant was allegedly caught alive with the help of villagers whom the militant had reportedly taken hostage.
“Militants on Wednesday attacked a BSF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Udhampur killing two soldiers of the BSF and injuring 11 others, while one militant was shot dead in retaliatory fire by the security forces, the other was later arrested,” said SSP Udhampur Suleman Choudhary.
He said the militants had hurled grenades, followed by indiscriminate fire on the convoy when it reached Nassu belt, near Samroli. “The BSF jawans immediately retaliated, killing one of the two militants,” he said. He added that while one of the two militants was firing indiscriminately on the security forces, the second one ran into a village and took three persons hostage, forcing them to guide him to a ‘safer place’.
“The identity of the detained militant has been ascertained as Usman from Faislabad in Pakistan. However, earlier he tried to mislead the security forces and said his name was Qasim,” the SSP said. “Initial questioning has revealed that the militant (Usman) is from Faislabad in Pakistan,” confirmed IGP Jammu, Danish Ran.
The IGP said that Usman and another militant were in military fatigues when they attacked the BSF convoy. The militant who took villagers hostage, he said, was later overpowered by his hostages.
The injured BSF men have been taken to a hospital, he said, adding that a combing operation has been launched by the army and the police around the area, which has been cordoned off. Vehicular movement on the highway was stopped due to the incident.
However, the operation was followed by protests by the locals, who were demanding the body of the slain militant. Owing to the protests, the police had to shift the body to Udhampur hospital for the post-mortem.