The Poonch district witnessed an increase in deployment of security personnel on Monday as an ongoing search operation persisted in the forested terrain of Dera ki Gali. The search operation started in previous week after an ambush on two Army vehicles by heavily armed Pak backed terrorists from, resulting in the tragic loss of four soldiers.
Officials confirmed the deployment of additional forces in the Bafliaz area of Poonch district, further fortifying security measures in the region.
Amidst the somber atmosphere, a heartfelt farewell was accorded to the fallen soldiers – Naik Birender Singh, Rifleman Gautam Kumar, Naik Karan Kumar, and Rifleman Chandan Kumar – during a poignant wreath-laying ceremony in Rajouri on Sunday.
In a statement shared on X, the Indian Army affirmed, “Search operations by the security forces continue in the operational area subsequent to the December 21 incident. Reports concerning three civilian fatalities in the region have been received and are under investigation.”
Emphasizing its commitment to facilitating the investigation, the army reiterated its unwavering support and cooperation. The confrontation unfolded dramatically after terrorists opened fire on two army vehicles traversing through Dera Ki Gali in Rajouri’s Poonch region around 3.45 pm on Thursday.