Jammu, Sep 28 : A group of armed terrorists on Saturday made an elderly man hostage, while some locals have been rescued by the Army, amid the ensuing gun battle in Batote area of Ramban district in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to a Defence Spokesperson here, at about 7.30 am, two suspicious individuals tried to stop a civil vehicle in Batote general area on NH 244. "The driver of the vehicle was alert. He did not stop the vehicle, rushed and informed the nearest Army post," he said, adding that the quick reaction team reacted promptly and contact was established with the suspicious individuals.
"An exchange of fire took place and the encounter was triggered," he added. Meanwhile, intelligence sources said the group of armed terrorists, who were reportedly five in number, have made hostage an elder person in a house, near a hospital in Dortmund area of Batote.
"Forces cordoned the house and traffic movement has been stopped from Jammu side, as well from Ramban side," they said, adding that the locals have been told to remain inside their houses, as security forces want safety of the hostages.
Security forces, including the special operation group and the Army, has cordoned the house and were keeping a watch on the terrorists.
"The terrorists are five in number and it is the same group, which escaped from Haldanu encounter site on Doda-Batote road," a top-ranked police officer said, adding that they have travelled around 9-10 km on foot through thick forest areas, to reach the hostages's house to take shelter, which is just 300 mt from Batote bus stand, on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway.
Terrorists lobbed a grenade on the security forces, following which the area was cordoned and gun battle started."The intermittent exchange of firing is on," they added. (UNI)