Two militants, who police said infiltrated from Pakistan into Jammu on Friday, were killed in a fierce gun battlenear a village close to the Indo-Pak border in Punjab's Gurdaspur district on Sunday. Two policemen were also killed in the shootout.
A huge cache of arms and ammunition, including AK-47 riflesand grenades, was recovered after the militants were killed.
“Two ultras and two policemen were killed in the encounter. But we are conducting a combing operation as more militants could be hiding in the area,” said Punjab’s Director General of Police P.S. Gill.
The police had launched a search operation at border villages in the Narot Jaimal Singh taluk on Friday after some locals informed them that two armed men had asked them the way to the GT main road.
Early on Sunday, a police patrol team, which spotted the militants at Ratarwan village, came under heavy gunfire. The police retaliated and both the militants were killed in the gun battle that lasted morethan 30 minutes.
Jammu and Kashmir police said the militants had sneaked into the Punjab-bordering district of Kathua in Jammu on April 19.
“These terrorists had moved to Punjab while being chased by the police. We continued to share information about their location in Punjab,” said Garib Dass, senior superintendent of police, Kathua.
The Punjab government has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 10 lakh to each of the families of the two policemen. The Punjab Police has also announced an additional Rs 5 lakh to each family.