NIA Chief Visits Sunjwan Encounter Site

SRINAGAR: National Investigation Agency (NIA) Chief Kuldeep Singh on Saturday visited the encounter site at Jammu’s Sunjwan, where security forces killed two Jaish-e-Muhamamd fidayeen on April 22, and two days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu’s Samba.

Quoting officials news agency KNO reported that the NIA chief was accompanied by the Inspector General of CRPF, and Jammu was briefed about the gun battle by CRPF officers.

Earlier on Friday evening a team of the NIA had visited the encounter site and collected first-hand information. The agency is likely to take over the case for a thorough investigation.

Besides the two Jaish fidayeen, a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer died in the gunfight that took place near  Sunjwan Military Station, Jammu.

Director-General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh had said the two fidayeen were part of a suicide squad of Pakistan-based JeM and their infiltration could be a “big conspiracy” to sabotage the prime minister’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

The PM is scheduled to visit Samba district’s Palli village, 17 km from here, on National Panchayati Raj Day on April 24. He is also scheduled to address a gathering there.

According to officials, a multi-tier security setup has been put in place for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit.

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