During the ongoing meeting in Poonch between security forces and militants, the bodies of two soldiers, including a junior commissioned officer (JCO), were found, bringing the death toll to nine. According to the military, the bodies of a jawan and the JCO were found during the search operation on October 16.
A Jammu-based defense spokesperson said Subedar Ajay Singh and Naik Harendra Singh of the Indian military were killed in action during a search operation with Jammu and Kashmir police in a densely populated area. forest from Nar Khas to Mendhar in the border district of Poonch in Jammu.
“Subedar Ajay Singh and Naik Harendra Singh were part of the search operations launched by the security forces to find terrorists hiding in the wooded area. On October 14, after a violent shootout with terrorists, communication with Subedar Ajay Singh and Naik Harendra Singh was cut off. Relentless operations continued to neutralize the terrorists and restore communication with the soldiers. Subedar Ajay Singh and Naik Harendra Singh were killed in action in the fierce combat and their bodies were found on the evening of October 16, ”the spokesperson said. “Operations in the region are continuing,” he added.
On the evening of October 14, two members of the army were killed in the Nar Khas forest area in Mendhar Poonch during a counterinsurgency operation. The army had declared during the operation that there had been a violent exchange of fire and that in the shooting that followed, the rifleman Vikram Singh Negi and the rifleman Yogambar Singh had been seriously injured and subsequently had succumbed to their injuries.
On October 11, an army officer and four other soldiers were killed in action in a clash between security forces and militants in the Surankote neighborhood of Poonch.
At the same time, authorities have ordered the suspension of traffic on the Bhimber Gali-Poonch state road because the forests overlook the main road. On August 6 this year, three militants and an army JCO were killed in a violent clash in the Thanna Mandi neighborhood of Rajouri district. One of the militants killed was from the Shopian district of Kashmir; two others were declared foreigners.