Terrorists in army uniform kill three, attack Army camp
terrorists in army uniform attacked an SUV in nearby Dayalachak on the
Jammu-Kathua national highway, killing two occupants of the vehicle and
armed men then attacked an Army camp at Janglote and killed a jawan before
being shot dead in an encounter with security forces that lasted all day.
The SUV commandeered
by the terrorists was found abandoned in the Sahar Khud (nullah) in the
morning. Bodies of two terrorists and their two victims were recovered in the
terrorist, who began a fresh exchange of fire with security forces around 4.45
pm, was shot dead after helicopters established his location in the dense
foliage, sources said.
I-G, Jammu zone,
Rajesh Kumar, said three-four terrorists had tried to enter the Army camp, but
had slipped into the forests after being engaged by a sentry on duty. The
attack was similar to the one that was carried out last September on Hiranagar
police station and Samba Army camp about 20 km away.
outfit had claimed responsibility for the attack until evening. Sources said
police and security forces had intelligence inputs about terrorists’ plans to
disrupt the Lok Sabha elections. Dayalachak and Jaglote are part of the
Udhampur-Kathua Lok Sabha constituency, where union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is
a multi-cornered contest with the BJP’s Jitender Singh.
have been identified as Tarsem Singh, who was driving the vehicle, and Ajit
Singh. Kamaljeet Singh, 33, Sahib Singh, 50, and Gurpreet Singh, 35, all from
Punjab, have been admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu.
All the victims
were sewadars who had been constructing sheds and other facilities at the Radha
Soami Satsang Beas in Vijaypur’s Thandi Khuie area for the last two months. The
spiritual leader of the sect, Baba Gurinder Singh, was expected to visit the
centre over April 12-13, sources said.
According to the
sources, the devotees had left Vijaypur in a Mahindra Bolero around 4 am to go
to Beas for a darshan of the Baba, and to pick up material for the ongoing
works at Thandi Khuie. Some half an hour later, they were signalled to stop by
three men in Army uniform at a bridge on the Tarnah nullah in Dayalachak.
asked all occupants of the vehicle except the driver to get off, Kamaljeet
Singh said. “They told us to start running away from the vehicle. As we did,
they opened fire from their rifles, killing one of us and injuring others,” he
said. After the terrorists had driven off towards Kathua, taking the vehicle
and its driver along, one of the injured men called the secretary of the Radha
Soami Satsang Beas in Jammu from his mobile phone. The secretary informed the
police around 5 am. It was raining heavily at the time, and there were very few
vehicles on the highway.
Even though all
checkposts along the highway were alerted, the terrorists could be intercepted
only around 7.30 am, after they had travelled nearly 20 km to Sahar Khud. They
had apparently left the highway and taken the road to the camp of the 111
Rocket Unit of the Army’s Artillery Regiment, sources said.
had had to abandon their vehicle after it was stuck in the soft soil of the
nullah bed. They had continued on foot, and had reached the camp around 7.45
It was yet to be
ascertained whether the terrorists took the entire time after hijacking the
Bolero to travel to Janglote from Dalayachak, or whether they spent time in
recceing the camp before being challenged by the alert sentry. It had also not
been ascertained whether they had entered India recently, or had already been
staying in the country, waiting for an opportunity to strike.