Shopian | Jagran News Desk: In another success, the security forces on Tuesday morning killed three terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district, said the officials.

The officials said a joint search operation by Indian Army, the CRPF and the Jammu and Kashmir Police by launched in Turkwangam area in Kashmir's Shopian district on Monday morning after the security forces received information that some terrorists are hiding in the region. 

The identity of the terrorists is yet to be ascertained, said the officials while adding that a search operation underway. "Three terrorists were killed in the encounter. We will ask people, who are claiming to be their parents, to come and identify the bodies. It was a clean operation, there was no collateral damage," said IG Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar.

According to reports, the security forces also recovered an INSAS rifle and two AK-47 rifles were recovered from the encounter site, which is 400 to 500 metres away from Indian Army's Rashtriya Rifles camp.   

This is the fourth encounter in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir in less than ten days. According to a report by The Hindustan Times, the security forces have eliminated 19 terrorists in the pervious four encounters that took place in the district in last ten days. 

The security forces have launched several operations in Jammu and Kashmir in response to Pakistan's plan to spread violence in the Valley. Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh on Monday had said that 27 terrorists have been killed by security forces in the past 17 days in the Valley, causing frustration among militants who are now targeting innocent people. 

"Ensuring peace (in Kashmir), we have killed 27 terrorists in the past 16 to 17 days. These terrorists belonged to LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba), JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammed) and Hizb (Hizb-ul-Mujahideen). They have been frustrated. They are now targeting innocents," Singh told reporters in Doda district.

The DGP also hit out at Pakistan for aiding and abetting terrorists by infiltrating them into Jammu and Kashmir to continue violence.

"Large number of militants, including top commanders, have been killed in the past five months. But they (Pakistan) try to increase the pitch of violence by carrying out infiltration into J-K," he said.

"They tried to infiltrate terrorists in winters too. First batch of terrorists was sent to this side in March itself from Keran. They were killed within five days. They carried out infiltration bids in Poonch-Rajouri and the International Border (IB). They too were neutralised," he said.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma