In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, fresh gunfire was reported in Bhata Dhurian village of border district Poonch in Jammu division on Saturday. The Rajouri-Poonch National highway (NHW 144A) remained closed for the vehicular traffic for the third straight day.
AIR correspondent reports that the busy highway was closed on Thursday evening after an encounter broke out between security forces and militants in the woods of Bhata Dhurian village of Mendhar Sub-Division in which two Army personnel were martyred. No vehicle is allowed to ply towards Poonch and Surankote via the highway from Bhimber Gali in view of search operations being undertaken by the security forces to pursue the militants. The locals of the area told that they have been hearing sounds of heavy explosions and intermittent gunfire since today morning. Worth to mention, five Army soldiers, including a JCO, were martyred in a gunfight that erupted in Dehra Ki Gali area on Rajouri-Poonch border on Monday.
A massive search operation is underway both in Bhata Dhurian and Dehra ki Gali areas, as Paratroopers, Drones and huge reinforcements have been rushed to pursue the militants.