Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Jamal-ud-din Gujjar alias Abu Bakar, how was carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head, has been arrested from the Thathri forest area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district on Wednesday, police said.
Acting on intelligence inputs, the police launched a joint search and cordon operation with 26 Rashtriya Rifles in the Phagsoo forest in Thathri area to arrest the LeT terrorist. They have also recovered an AK 47 rifle and other ammunition from the custody of Lashkar operative.
Jamal-ud-din Gujjar was active in Kishtwar area. Recently, he got injured during an encounter with security forces in in Sarawan forest forest area of Kishtwar. He fled the encounter scene and was in hiding since then.
This is the security forces' first major recent success in Kishtwar, which was proclaimed terrorist-free a decade ago but was rattled by the killing of BJP state secretary Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet Parihar on November 1 last year.
Inspector General of Police, Jammu, M K Sinha had recently said at least 10 local militants -- eight from Hizbul Mujahideen and two from LeT -- were active in the district, which witnessed two encounters between militants and search parties in Marwah on May 31 and Keshwan forest on June 21.
While two special police officers were injured in the brief Marwah gunfight, the militants managed to escape after another brief encounters in Keshwan forest, though one of them was believed to have been injured.
(With inputs from PTI)