Four terrorists were killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Keran sector even as the security forces successfully foiled an infiltration bid. It has been learned that an operation is underway. A Defence spokesman said that a group of militants tried to infiltrate from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector but troops foiled their bid. In the subsequent exchange of fire, four militants were killed, the spokesman said. This comes after militants had fired upon a police station in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district but fled after the cops retaliated.
No causalities were reported from either sides in the attack, a police official said.
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Some militants opened fire at the Yaripora police station around 8.30 PM. The police retaliated to the firing, forcing the ultras to flee from the spot, he said.
Kulgam is a part of South Kashmir’s Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency for which the bypolls will be held on April 12.
The attack comes on a day when violence marred polling in the Srinagar Lok Sabha bye-elections. Six people were killed and several injured in firing by security forces on rampaging mobs in various parts of the constituency, with merely 6.6 per cent voters’ turnout.
Meanwhile, the government is making all out efforts to ensure that families of troops killed in the line of duty are provided a compensation of not less than Rs one crore, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said.
Singh declared this after inaugurating a new government website, along with actor Akshay Kumar, that will allow common people to make monetary donations to families of paramilitary troops killed in action, with an upper limit of Rs 15 lakh to a single family.
“It has been our constant effort to ensure that a family of a martyr who is killed in action does not get a compensation amount less than a crore…I have said that I am even ready to spread my hands and seek funds from my countrymen in this regard,” Singh said during the ceremony which also marked the annual ‘Valour Day’ event of the CRPF.
He added some state governments also provide such funds to families of slain troops but still some “gap” remains and their effort is to fill up these.
The Minister added the country will remain indebted to its soldiers forever and that their welfare is his “top priority” by saying: “hum aapka ehsaan kabhi nahi utaar payenge” as he lauded the men and women of paramilitary forces deployed for operations in some of the most difficult and hard areas in the country.
(With agency inputs)