Militants involved in Dhangri attack hiding in Rajouri hills, say police

JAMMU — The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday said that the militants who were involved in an attack in Dhangri village of Rajouri district in which seven people were killed and 14 others were injured on January 1 this year are hiding in the upper reaches of Rajouri district, PTI reported.

Announcing a reward for providing information about militants, police said, Rs 10 lakh and other rewards will be given to anyone who will share information about the militants. The name of the informer will be kept secret.

Police in an advisory also warned of stern action against those facilitating the militants in any way. There are a few people who are facilitating the movement and survival of these militants besides providing them information on the movement of police and (security) forces, police said according to PTI, adding that a close vigil is being kept on these militant facilitators and stern legal action will be taken against them very soon.

On Sunday, Dhangri residents expressed concern over the failure of security agencies in tracing the militants behind the attacks in the village. They threatened to go on a hunger strike if the security agencies are unable to eliminate the militants within the next 15 days.

On January 1, seven people were killed and 14 were injured as militants attacked Dhangri village in Rajouri district. While five people were killed after the militants opened fire at some houses, two children died when an improvised explosive device (IED) left behind by the attackers went off the next day.