4 Army men martyred in encounter with Jaish terrorists in J&K

Srinagar: Four army men including a Major, have been martyred and one injured in an ongoing gunfight with Jaish-e-Mohammad militants in Pinglan area of Pulwama district, four days after a fidayeen attack by the terror group claimed the lives of 40 CRPF men in the south Kashmir district.

A search operation was launched late last night by army, police and CRPF personnel after a tip-off that JeM terrorists were hiding in the Pinglan area.

Those killed belong to the 55 Rashtriya Rifles. Two or three terrorists are believed to be still hiding in the area and firing is on. A civilian was also killed in the encounter, said the police.

On February 14, a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist drove his car close to a CRPF convoy of 78 buses on the Jammu-Srinagar highway and detonated around 60 kg of RDX, killing over 40 personnel reporting to duty after leave.

The suicide bomber, Adil Ahmad Dar, had joined the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad a year ago.

After the terror attack, the CRPF has decided to tweak the standard operating procedures (SOP) framed to secure its convoys. “We have decided to add new features to our convoy movement to and from Kashmir,” CRPF Director General RR Bhatnagar was quoted as saying in media reports.

“Apart from traffic control, there will be changes in the timings of convoy, their halt locations and movement in coordination with other security forces like the Army and the J-K police,” Bhatnagar added.