The army intensified its operation against hiding guerrillas in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Wednesday, a day after a commanding officer died during a search operation.
Helicopters and para-commandos were pressed into service in Wanigah forests.
“The search operation has been spread over a large area to ensure that all escape routes of the terrorists are plugged,” an army source told IANS in Srinagar on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a wreath laying ceremony was held at the Badami Bagh headquarters of army’s 15 Corps to honour the martyred Colonel Santosh Mahadik who laid down his life fighting militants in the operation.
Lieutenant General DS Hooda, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-n-C) of the Northern Command paid tributes to the martyred officer.
Lieutenant General SK Dua, Corps Commander and other senior officers also laid wreaths.