A day after militants attacked an army patrol in South Kashmir, killing one jawan and injuring other, the army said it in spite of suffering casualties displayed utmost restraint and "did not fire at the fleeing militants to avoid collateral damage to the people".
The army has expressed fears of more infiltration bids by militants into Kashmir Valley in coming days.
"Inimical elements are likely to fire upon security forces in busy populated areas and incite them to open fire so that it could lead to death and injuries to innocent civilians and cause collateral damage," said Om Prakash, general officer commanding Chinar Corps, while referring to restraint exercised by soldier during the attack.
On Saturday afternoon, army personnel during a road securing operation at Pampore in South Kashmir's Pulwama district came under heavy fire from militants at around 3 pm.
"A group of soldiers were securing the national highway 44 and on finding a suspiciously parked auto rickshaw and scooter at Kadlabal Chowk, Pampore, two soldiers approached these vehicles. These two soldiers were indiscriminately fired upon from inside a shop at very close range and the firing led to chaos in the market," said the army spokesman.
The army spokesman said an operation to nab the culprits has been launched.
Regarding weeklong encounter at two places in north Kashmir’s Handwara-Kupwara belt, the army said the operations in Boban-Mankal, Handwara, are in.
"Arms and other items recovered from the six killed terrorists indicate that either they were a receiving group or freshly infiltrated terrorists," said the spokesman.
There are inputs of large concentration of terrorists in launch pads across the line of control, which indicates likelihood of increased attempts at infiltration in the future," said the GOC.
The Army is fully geared up and is maintaining a high level of vigil to thwart nefarious designs of the adversary, he added.