Seek-and-destroy Operation For LeT Men Launched By Army
22 May 2005
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: With helicopters scouting the densely forested area, security forces launched a seek-and-destroy operation on Sunday for a group of six LeT terrorists, who ambushed an army patrol on Friday, killing a major and three soldiers and looting their weapons in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. Special forces were sent into the Gambhir Moghal forest belt in the district in a 'seek-and-destroy' operation for the militants and the entire area had been cordoned off after an aerial surveillance of the area, officials here said. They said a 'three-tier' security net was in place and police and paramilitary had joined in the operation since this monring. Helicopters were flown in to keep an eye on movement of militants in the area after the militant attack, 'but nothing was found', they said adding the aerial monitoring was still on. The officials said there were 'authentic inputs that militants have holed up in some cave hideout in a the dense forest belt of Moghala'. 'The troops have to recover the looted weapons,' they added. Major Satyajit Pandey and three soldiers of 14 Maratha Light Infantry were killed in Moghala forests of Rajouri district on Friday after the LeT militants broke a search cordon and hurled grenades at them. This was followed up with a hail of indiscriminate gunfire.