Army guns down 13 militants in Jammu and Kashmir in 4 days, says defeated Pakistan’s ‘sinister design’
The Indian Army’s announcement came at a time when relations between the neighbours have nosedived following repeated ceasefire violations and the unrest in J-K.india Updated: Jun 11, 2017 00:43 IST
Army personnel killed an infiltrator in north Kashmir’s Gurez sector on Saturday, taking the total number of militants eliminated along the Line of Control to 13 in the last four days.
The army also said in a statement: “The sinister design of Pakistan Army to push in multiple groups of armed intruders across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir continue to be defeated by pro-active operations being carried out on the LoC.”
The announcement came at a time when relations between the neighbours have nosedived following repeated ceasefire violations and the unrest in J-K. India accuses Pakistan of fomenting trouble in the militancy-hit state while Islamabad denies the charges.
Shortly after the army statement, Pakistan resorted to heavy shelling of India’s forward military posts and civilian areas in Poonch district of J-K.
“Pakistani Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars from 2030 hours along the Line of Control (LC) in Krishana Ghati sector,” news agency PTI quoted a senior army official as saying.
On Friday, five infiltrators were gunned down by the army in north Kashmir’s Uri sector. It has been engaging with armed militants in four sectors – Machhil, Naugam, Gurez and Uri – across three frontier districts of north Kashmir since Wednesday morning.
While three militants were killed in Nowgam sector of Kupwara district on Thursday, four others were eliminated in Machhil the previous day. A soldier, identified as Tara Bahadur Roka, also died in Nowgam.
“Relentless operations mounted by troops have successfully intercepted groups of intruders all along the LoC in Gurez, Machil, Naugam and Uri sectors leading to elimination of 13 intruders during the last 96 hours,” the army statement said.
“The explosives, arms and ammunition recovered from them are an indication of Pakistan’s designs to orchestrate high-profile terror attacks on innocent civilians and security forces during the holy month of Ramzan.”
Forty militants have been killed in infiltration attempts since the beginning of this year.
Militants opened fire at two vehicles carrying Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel at Vessu along the Srinagar-Jammu highway in the wee hours of Saturday. However, they missed and injured a civilian driving a car behind them.
The man, Arif from Anantnag district, was on his way to Banihal when he was struck in the back. He was taken to the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Srinagar, where doctors declared him stable.
Twenty empty cases of Kalashnikov ammunition were recovered from the spot. A hunt has been launched for the attackers.
This was the second militant attack on security forces at Anantnag’s Qazigund area over the last one week. Two soldiers were killed and four injured when militants ambushed an Army convoy near a toll booth at Qazigund on June 3.
In another development, security forces launched a brief search operation at Lal Chowk — Srinagar’s commercial hub — around noon on reports of militant activity. Police refused to comment on the matter.
(With agency inputs)