Indian Army lends a helping hand to J&K amid lockdownIBTimes IN
Indian Army lends a helping hand to J&K amid lockdownIBTimes IN

J&K Police has revealed that they killed two terrorists in Aarwani area of Bijbihara in South Kashmir. The terrorists had abducted a policeman in Kulgam District few minutes ago. The state police further added that the abducted policeman was rescued, while one police officer was injured in a brief encounter.

The abducted police officer has been identified as Constable Sartaj Ahmad Itoo of Railway Police Srinagar. The police stopped the vehicle in which the two terrorists were trying to escape with the abducted cop. After a brief encounter, both terrorists were killed.

"The militants, however, fired at the police naka and tried to flee. They were killed in a brief shootout while the abducted cop was rescued," a police spokesperson was quoted as saying. 

The latest incident comes only a day after another cop abduction had taken place in South Kashmir. The policeman, Javed Jabbar, who was posted in Srinagar, had gone home on leave in Shopian's Mingipora, from where he was abducted by the terrorists. The security forces managed to rescue the officer, sources revealed.

Security force party on the Jammu-Srinagar highway(Photo: IANS)

But the reports of cop abductions is a disturbing trend that haunted Jammu and Kashmir in 2018. There were several abductions of police officials two years ago, along with an army officer, whose body was later found in a disturbing state.

Terrorists killed in J&K in 2020

According to officials, 50 terrorists, including several top commanders of Jaish-e-Mohmmad (JeM) and Lashker-e-Tioba (LeT), were killed in counter-terrorism operations led by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir in 2020 so far. Of these, 18 terrorists have been killed by the forces during the lockdown alone. In these operations, 17 security forces officers have lost their lives.