Despite Modi’s Pak warning, violence unabated in Valley

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Aug 22, 2014 11:15 IST

Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s warning to Pakistan over infiltration and ceasefire violations, the killing of two more militants near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir on Wednesday evening makes August the hottest month this year, with the toll of infiltrators killed raised to 10.

As Pakistan violated the ceasefire agreement in J&K more than 20 times since the new dispensation took over in Delhi, the number of infiltrators killed near the LoC has also gone up.

Nearly 30 infiltrators were killed near the LoC by June, while August is turning out to be the hottest.

Northern army commander-Lt Gen DS Hooda, after his two-day visit to frontiers posts and hinterland installations in the Valley, on Thursday praised the army for “robust counter-infiltration grid”, which has resulted in “the killing of 10 militants in August so far”.

Only three militants were killed near the LoC in July.

In mainland Kashmir Valley, the violence graph also increased this month with militant attacks leaving three cops, two BSF jawans and one civilian dead in three separate attacks in south Kashmir, 13 security personnel were also injured.

An operation on Wednesday evening left two militants dead near the known infiltration route of Kupwara’s Keran sector, more than 110 km north of Srinagar. According to a Srinagar-based defence spokesman, the army’s 7 Gadhwal cordoned off a forest area near Farkiyan Gali in Kupwara and killed the two militants in an encounter.

The army did not confirm when these militants had infiltrated. “The bodies along with two AK-47 rifles were recovered from the spot. The operation is on in the area,” said the army spokesman. In a separate operation, the army said a major bid to smuggle arms in a Maruti car was aborted in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district during a routine check at around 10.30pm on Wednesday.

Around seven AK-47 rifles, 15 AK magazines, 316 AK rounds, five Chinese pistols, 13 Chinese pistol rounds, 12 Chinese grenades, an under-barrel rocket launcher (UBRL) and 74 UBGL shells were seized from the car.

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