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Poonch encounter: Police urges people not to venture out in jungle, keep livestock safe

SRINAGAR: With the Poonch encounter entering the ninth day, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday made an appeal to locals urging them not to move towards the jungle and to keep the livestock inside their respective premises

The appeals were made through mosques in the Bahatdhurian area of Poonch, officials said.

SDPO Z A Jafri told that the announcements were made after some people were seen moving towards the jungle along with livestock amid ongoing encounters in the area. “People can contact police any time and we are in the service of public 24×7. We will ensure home delivery of anything needed urgently.”

He responded negatively to the reports that the announcements were made as the army was preparing a major offensive against the militants purportedly hiding in the jungle area. Already at least nine soldiers, including three JCOs have been killed in the gunfight in the jungle area Bahatdhurian and its boundary along Rajouri in the last week or so. Also, Army Chief General MM Naravane along with other officers visited the area earlier. (GNS)


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