LeT militant killed in Jammu on eve of Antony visit

Jammu, April 27 (Inditop) A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant was killed in a gunbattle with the army in Jammu and Kashmir’s mountainous border district of Poonch ahead of Defence Minister A.K. Antony’s visit to the area Monday.

The incident took place Sunday evening when army troops laid a cordon in the forests near Mendhar, over 200 km northwest of here.

“After a brief exchange of fire, troops killed one LeT terrorist,” said Brig. Gurdeep Singh, brigadier general staff of 16 Corps.

He said the identity of the militant was being established, but he is suspected to be a Pakistani.

Antony begins his daylong visit of the border areas in Jammu region Monday and is accompanied by Defence Secretary Vijay Singh and Indian Army chief Deepak Kapoor.

“He will visit forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri and Poonch districts,” and army source told Inditop.

Antony is slated to review the overall situation, particularly reports about militants grouping across the LoC to sneak into the Indian side as well as recent reports of fresh infiltrations.

He would also be interacting with officers on the ground and then tour forward areas in the Kashmir valley before heading back to New Delhi.