Baramulla: Five militants suspected to be of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) were killed along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector of Baramulla when they were trying to cross the river Jhelum on a boat.
Official sources said that a group of heavily armed militants tried to cross the LoC near Dulanja area of Uri in the intervening night of 14 and 15 January from the river Jhelum through a boat. The troops of Indian army posted in the area, close to the border fence on the other side of the Jhelum, challenged the militants and it led to an encounter. The five unidentified militants were killed and a large quantity of arms and ammunition was found in their possession.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain on Monday morning said that from the recovery of arms and ammunition and other war-like stores, it appeared that the militants had come with a plan of undertaking a fidayeen attack and belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group.
Commander 12 infantry brigade YS Ahlawat while talking to reporters in a press conference Monday afternoon at brigade headquarters Uri said that a major infiltration bid was foiled by the Indian army last night. He said four bodies have been recovered while the fifth one is lying on the other side of the river and it will be recovered later. The commander added that army troops recovered 4 AK47 rifles, 3 UBGLs, 38 UBGL grenades, about 23 hand grenades, 9 IEDs and other war-like stores. He said it looked like they were planning a big attack on Republic Day.
Meanwhile, the peace bus (Karwan e Aman) between the divided parts of Kashmir which was scheduled to cross the Kaman bridge was stopped by authorities for some time, but later allowed to cross the LoC.
The place where the militants were killed is near the village Dulanja, close to the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad national highway. On this side there is Dulanja village and river Jhelum.