He said it was a ‘nefarious plot’ to target grassroots level democratic exercises

The killing of four terrorists belonging to Pakistan-based terror organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed in Jammu and Kashmir had thwarted “efforts to wreak major havoc,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after a high-level security review on Friday.

After a meeting to review the security situation in the Union Territory, he also thanked the security forces for thwarting the terrorist plot

The Prime Minister’s statement came amid reports that the terrorists, killed in an encounter with security forces in Nagrota on Thursday, were suspected to be planning “something big” on the anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, “Neutralising of 4 terrorists belonging to Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed and the presence of large cache of weapons and explosives with them indicates that their efforts to wreak major havoc and destruction have once again been thwarted.”

The Prime Minister thanked the security forces for their utmost bravery and professionalism in a subsequent tweet.

“Our security forces have once again displayed utmost bravery and professionalism. Thanks to their alertness, they have defeated a nefarious plot to target grassroots level democratic exercises in Jammu and Kashmir,” the Prime Minister said.

The people of the Union Territory are set to vote in the first-ever elections to the District Development Councils (DDCs) scheduled to be held in multiple phases between November 28 and December 22.

On Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir police had said that four terrorists had been killed in an encounter between security forces and terrorists in the Nagrota area of Jammu and Kashmir's Jammu district.

The encounter started after a vehicle, in which the terrorists were traveling, was intercepted by security forces personnel near the Ban toll plaza of Nagrota on the highway, they said.

Two police personnel were injured in the three-hour encounter near the Ban toll plaza, on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, that involved the CRPF and the Indian Army along with the police.

Eleven AK-47 rifles, three pistols, 29 grenades, and other devices including mobile phones and medicines with Pakistani markings were seized from them, the police had informed through Twitter.