As the operation to flush out JeM terrorists, who stormed the Sunjuwan Military Station in Jammu, entered the second day, local residents have been frequenting the area to serve meals and snacks to police, paramilitary personnel and media persons camped outside military station gate since Saturday.
The residents pooled their resources and have been serving meals, tea, snacks and water to hundreds of people, mostly police and paramilitary personnel and mediapersons.
“It’s a small effort on our part… We want to contribute to the nation and decided to provide tea and snacks to the security forces deployed outside and to the mediapersons,” Sanjeev Manmotra, who is leading the initiative.
He said their effort was also aimed at sending a message to the misguided youth in the Kashmir Valley who target security forces with stones during anti-terrorist operations.
The security forces have killed the fourth terrorist who was holed up in the Sunjuwan camp, while three other terrorists were killed on Saturday.
According to the latest reports, five soldiers and a civilian have died in the Sunjuwan Army camp attack in Jammu. Eleven people are reportedly injured.
The Army informed that there was no firing during the night and the focus continued to be the evacuation of people from the family quarters.
Army Chief Bipin Rawat arrived here on Sunday in a bid to review the anti-terror operation at the Sunjuwan camp which was attacked by JeM militants on Saturday.
A group of heavily armed Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists struck the sprawling camp of the 36 brigade of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry in the early hours on Saturday.
The latest attack on the camp took place nearly 15 months after the Jammu region was hit by a similar attack. On November 29, 2016, terrorists had stormed the Army’s Nagrota camp on the outskirts of Jammu city, killing seven Army personnel including two officers. Three terrorists were also gunned down.
The terrorists had struck before dawn on Saturday and managed to sneak into the camp from the rear side of the base after a brief exchange of fire with the sentry on its periphery.
(With agency inputs)