Village Defence Guard member injured in Udhampur fire incident succumbs

ADG Jammu along with the Police officer of Udhampur, are monitoring the search operation.

UDHAMPUR: The Village Defense Guard who was injured in intial exchange of fire in Chochru Gala heights with militants succumbed here in a hospital, officials said.

Officials told that the VDG who was critically injured after brief gunfight broke out between militants and security this morning succumbed in a hospital.

He was been identified as Mohammad Shareef (48) son of Abdul Rehman resident of Lower Ponar, Basantgarh Udhampur.

Inspector General of Police, Jammu Zone, Anand Jain said that the VDG member was hit after the terrorists attacked the security forces. He said that further investigation and search operation is underway.

“We received the information about the presence of terrorists in this region, post that the entire area was activated as the information was not specific. We did the activation everywhere. When the area domination exercise began, during that course, terrorists attacked, and the retaliation was done by our party as well; our partner was martyred,” the IGP told reporters.

“We have sieged the entire area and the search operation is on. This is a fresh infiltration group that has arrived in this area…Now, the entire region has been cordoned off, search is going on to trace and neutralise them. Further investigation is underway,” he added.

More reinforcement has already reached to the spot and whole area has been cordoned off, the official said.

The terrain is difficult as its on heigh altitude, so the operation to flush out militants will take longer time, the official added.

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