An Indian Army convoy in Jammu & Kashmir’s Baramulla district came under heavy attack after militants fired indiscriminately, injuring a soldier, the force said on Thursday.
The soldier injured in Wednesday’s attack was rushed to Base Hospital in Srinagar. He is out of danger and is recuperating.
The convoy of three Army vehicles, comprising of 30 personnel, was moving from Baramulla to Gulmarg and when it reached Pattan area, terrorists hiding in a built-up area attacked the convoy and started indiscriminate firing.
“The firing started at 2:15 pm. As the first vehicle crossed, the militants attacked the second convoy vehicle. A soldier inside the vehicle received a bullet injury,” said a senior Army officer.
As it was a built-up area and people were on the streets, Naib Subedar Joginder Singh who was leading the convoy decided not to resort to firing and decided to first disengage from the line of fire.
“Our men ensured that no collateral damage happened despite them being attacked in the built-up area,” said the officer, adding that the other vehicles managed to move ahead.
The officer said that the training which all ranks undergo while being posted in Jammu & Kashmir ensures that the force’s first priority is to save civilian lives.
Later, the area was cordoned off for searches.
Yesterday, the J&K Police busted a terror funding module from North Kashmir’s Bandipore district, with the arrest of three persons, officials said.
Police said based on a tip-off, a terror funding module of proscribed terror outfit LeT was busted and three persons were arrested.
They have been identified as Irshad Ahmad Sheikh, a resident of Chittibandy Aragam, Mohammad Junaid Wani, a resident of Nageen Bagh Sopore, and Raj Mohammad Khan, a resident of Lolab Kupwara.
The police said incriminating materials including cash worth Rs 4 lakh have been recovered from their possession.
“As per investigations, the trio were in touch with their handlers in PoK and had recieved Rs 14 lakh out of which Rs 90 lakh have been distributed by them for financing terror activities in district Bandipora and Kupwara,” the police said.
“The said terror module was activated for carrying out terrorist activities in district Bandipora and Kupwara.”
The police have filed an FIR and started probing the matter.