One Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist was gunned down in an encounter with security forces on Wednesdayin Banderpora village of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, police said.
According to a senior police official, “Acting on a tip-off about presence of terrorists in the village, a joint cordon and search operations (CASO) was launched by 47 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) of Indian Army and Special Operations Group (SOG) of state police.” Adding, “As the cordon was being laid, the hiding terrorists fired upon the soldiers,” he said.
“One terrorist was killed in the encounter, and the terrorist has been identified as Ayub Lelhari from LeT,” he said.
In another development, the government of Jammu and Kashmir has started the construction of 100 bunkers in border villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district where there have been repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan forces.
According to Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, “The district administration has started the construction of 100 bunkers in villages along the LoC in Nowshera sector.”
These bunkers will accommodate around 1200-1500 people in case of ceasefire violations, especially shelling from across the border.
An inter-departmental team headed by Deputy Commissioner is supervising the construction of these bunkers, and visited the under construction bunkers and also met with locals at village Gania which was badly affected in recent shelling.
The villagers were informed that apart from 100 bunkers started by the district administration as a pilot project a requirement of 6121 individual bunkers has also been projected to the state government.
A similar exercise is also being carried out for the vulnerable areas of Manjakote, he said.
Provision of ration, power supply, potable drinking water, firewood, first-aid, status of education and ‘anganwadi’ centres and other facilities were also reviewed, he said.
So far the camps established on 10-12 May, 2017 have been provided all basic facilities by district administration including gensets, fans and other basic requisites.