Arrest of terrorist a big success: Rijiju on Kupwara encounter

, 4:52 PM IST

New Delhi: The arrest of a terrorist in Kupawara in Jammu and Kashmir is a “big success” for security forces as it brings in open the game plan of Pakistan, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju Tuesday said.

“Catching a terrorist alive is a big success as it brings in open the game plan of Pakistan. The arrest of terrorist in Kupwara is a big achievement of security forces,” he told reporters here.

Four militants were on Tuesday killed and another apprehended by security forces during an encounter in Naugam sector near the LoC in Kupwara district of Kashmir, an army official said in Srinagar.

He said all the militants were foreign nationals.

The operation was in progress when reports were last received from the encounter site.

The official said as the operation was still going on, it would be premature to say whether it was an infiltration bid or not.

“We have got one of them alive and expect some vital information from him,” he added.

The capture comes after last Saturday’s encounter with militants along the Line of Control in Kupwara district in which one soldier was killed.

This year, there have been several infiltration attempts on the LoC, especially in Kupwara sector, with many infiltrators being killed.