JAMMU, Apr 26: In a significant development in the Poonch ambush probe, a man detained by security forces has told them he "sheltered" the terrorists for two months and provided them support for the April 20 attack, sources claimed on Wednesday, as the operation to track down the ultras entered day six.
Army Commander Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi visited the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch and took stock of the ongoing operation, the officials said, adding he asked the troops to be relentless in their pursuit.
The search operation for the terrorists who carried out the attack on Army truck in the Bhatta Durriyan area of border district Poonch, will take some time due to difficult terrain and it is being ensured that the perpetrators do not escape, the Army spokesman said.
“In order to track down the terrorists and ensure that they do not flee, adequate troops are deployed in Poonch's Bhatta Durriyan and the surrounding villages ,” Lt Col. Devendra AnandDefence PRO, informed Rising Kashmir, adding, “No additional deployment has been made as the troops in sufficient numbers have already been deployed for search operation since the attack”.
When asked whether this search operation will also meet the same fate like the search operation of the terrorists who killed innocent civilians in Dhangri village of border district Rajouri early this year, the Lt Col did not comment but said, “sufficient troops have been deployed in Bhatta Durriyan and its nearby area of Poonch to hunt down the terrorists”.
It is pertinent mentioning here that the terrorists killed innocent civilians in Dhangri village of Rajouri early this year but despite massive search operation they have not been trapped so far.
Meanwhile, massive search operation by the security forces to hunt down the terrorists, who attacked the Army vehicle, continued for the seventh consecutive day today in Bhatta Durriyan and its nearby areas in border district Poonch but success still eludes security forces.
Five Army Jawans were martyred, while one Army jawan was critically injured in the terror attack on an Army truck on Thursday at Bhatta Durrian in Mendhar area of border district Poonch.
Around sixty people have so far been detained including some Over Ground Workers (OGWs), who are suspected of helping the terrorists who carried out the terror attack.
The massive search operation has been jointly launched by the Army, Police and the security agencies in the forests of Bhatta Durriyan and its nearby areas of Poonch with the help sniffer dogs and drones.