JAMMU, Dec 31: A day after four militants were killed in an encounter here, police today conducted autopsy on bodies of slain militants and preserved DNA samples while the ultras were confirmed as Pakistanis belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) outfit.
“After autopsy and preservation of DNA samples, bodies of the militants were buried,” sources said.
SSP Jammu Chandan Kohli said the militants were believed to be Pakistanis affiliated with JeM outfit. However, he added that identity of the militants couldn’t be ascertained immediately.
He said hectic investigations have been launched by police in the case which will reveal from where the truck took off and the place where it was headed.
“Some leads have, however, been gathered,” Kohli said.
Meanwhile, police launched search operations in several areas, including at the General Bus Stand and Railway Station, to trace the truck driver who fled from the spot before the gunfight started.
The encounter broke out between the militants and security forces after a truck loaded with husk was intercepted near Sidhra Bridge along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on Wednesday morning, while the vehicle was on its way to Kashmir.
The truck driver fled the scene taking advantage of dense fog before the gunfight started, a police official said, adding search operations and checking of vehicles were intensified to trace him.
Special Operations Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police cordoned Bajalta forest, about seven km from the scene of the gunfight, and carried out a thorough search operation, the official said, adding the operation is still underway and further details are awaited.
Security forces were also seen checking the identity cards of commuters at Bus Stands and Jammu Railway Station. Besides this, several checkpoints have also come up at various places in the city and along the highway including Indira Chowk.
The officials said sniffer dogs were also pressed into service and efforts are on to nab the driver and also to identify the owner of the truck.