For the third day today, security forces continued to be engaged in an encounter with militants who are holed up in the under-construction Mini Secretariat in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
“One or two militants are expected to be the complex. The operation is on. The building has two floors and several rooms and terrorists are taking benefit of it by firing from different areas,” a senior Army officer said.
Four militants have already been killed in the encounter which began at around 7.30am on Sunday. A policeman also lost his life in the initial firing by the militants before they took shelter in a house and the Mini Secretariat.
Last night, two security men were injured when the forces attempted to storm the complex.
Talking to reporters here after visiting Poonch yesterday, DGP said, “There might be a group of 4 to 6 involved in this incident.. We have recovered bodies of two militants. Two more militants have been killed.
We feel one or two militants are still alive.”
He said that militants had come with full preparation to disturb peace in the border district as there is calm and communal harmony in the area.
“Militants infiltrating a day before Eid is clearly pointing towards the fact they had come here to disturb peace on Eid,” Kumar said.