A policeman, who was abducted by suspected terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian on Thursday (23 April) evening, has been freed by security forces, sources said.Further details were not available yet.
According to sources, Javed Jabbar, who was posted in Srinagar, had gone home on leave in Shopian's Mingipora, from where he was abducted by the terrorists.
As soon as the news was received, rescue operation was initiated and police parties fanned out across south Kashmir to find Jabbar and to nab his abductors.
This is not the first time that security men going on leave to their homes in Kashmir have been abducted by terrorists.
In 2018, there were a series of abductions starting with Indian Army soldier Aurangzeb, who was abducted and killed by terrorists after he left his camp in south Kashmir and was headed home to Poonch.
Sources say abductions of security personnel point towards desperation of the terrorists who are on the run after security forces stepped up anti-terror operations in Kashmir and eliminated many terrorists, including their commanders.
In the last one week alone, six terrorists were killed in two separate encounters in Shopian.
Five infiltrators and five jawans of the Special Forces were killed in a fierce encounter in the Kupwara sector near the LoC on 6 April.
Sources say with snow melting on the passes at the LoC, infiltration attempts have spiked, leading to escalation of terrorism in the Valley.
(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)
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