JAMMU: Five suspected overground workers of a terror outfit have been arrested in J&K’s Rajouri for allegedly helping a group of terrorist infiltrators from Pakistan ambush and kill nine soldiers as they moved from one forested location to another, dodging the Army contingent on their trail. Two other suspects had been nabbed a couple of weeks ago.
“The terror operatives arrested late on Monday were directly in touch with the terrorists who engaged in gunfights with the Army in the forests of Bhatta Durrian in Mendhar and Thannamandi area of Rajouri last month,” an official said.
Security forces have been scouring the dense forested areas of the frontier districts of Rajouri and Poonch for weeks without success to trace the retreating terrorists. The focus is now on rounding up those who facilitated their movement and passed on crucial information that helped them keep the forces at bay.
“According to intelligence inputs, more than 12 people were part of the network that assisted the heavily armed terrorists who infiltrated into J&K from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,” a source said.
The overground workers arrested from Thannamandi and Mendhar have all been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and other laws.
Of the nine Army personnel killed in action, two were junior commissioned officers. Five soldiers died during a combing operation in the forested Chamrer region of Surankote on October 11. Another four were killed in a second gunfight with the terrorists on October 14 at Bhatta Durrian in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district.




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