A second Pakistani terrorist was today caught alive by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, less than a month after the capture of Mohammad Naveed Yakub, who has revealed the role of the Lashkar-e-Taiba in carrying out strikes like the Udhampur attack in the state.
Security forces nabbed the 22-year-old terrorist and killed three others in an encounter in Rafiabad of north Kashmir's Baramulla district, authorities said.
"He told us his name is Sajad and Javed alias Abu Ubaidullah and he is a resident of Muzaffargarh of Pakistan's Balochistan," said a top police official.
"The encounter took place in the forest area of Viji under Panzulla police station in Sopore. The militants ran away towards Dooniwari forest which is adjacent to Vijji or Vijay top," he added.
He is being brought to Srinagar by helicopter and the search operation to hunt out other militants is on, the official said.
This is the second time in this month that a Pakistan national has been caught after violent attacks in the state. LeT operative Naveed was captured alive on 5 August after an attack on a Border Security Force convoy in Udhampur area in Jammu division (See: Another `Kasab' caught after attack on BSF in Udhampur).
According to Indian Army sources, a group of militants had managed to escape from another encounter site in Kazinagar Dhar near the Line of Control in Uri on Wednesday. One militant was killed and an AK 47 rifle recovered in the encounter while four to five militants were believed to have escaped.
Those militants were trapped in Rafiabad's Vijay Top forest on Thursday and Sajad is one of them.
"As the search party intensified their operations, the militants tried to break the cordon but were engaged in an encounter by the army,'' said an Army official.
Around 300 terrorists from outfits like the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) are waiting for opportunities to sneak into India from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) where 17 terror camps are being run with active support of Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI and its army (See: Some 300 terrorists poised on border to enter India).