Encounter In Gurez On; 3 Ultras Killed In Tanghdar
13 July 2005
The Indian Express
Srinagar: THE encounter between a group of heavily armed-militants and the Army along the Line of Control (LoC) near the Gurez sector entered the second day. The Army today claimed to have killed three infiltrators in Tanghdar sector of Kupwara district and foiled another infiltration attempt in the last 24 hours in North Kashmir. Army said the troops of 20 Punjab on Tuesday morning intercepted a group of militants near Kabuli nullah in Gurez, who were trying to sneak into the Indian side. The militants, however, were challenged by the troops and asked to lay down their arms, but they retaliated ensuing an encounter, which was on till the filing of this report. Defense spokesman, Col V K Batra said the troops have extended their search to an area of 6 km in Gurez. 'So far, we don't have reports of any militant casualty. The operation is taking time as militants are scattered in small groups at an altitude of 14,000 feet and giving resistance,' he said. The spokesman said troops had laid siege to several groups of militants at different places at glacial heights and forest area. The operation started on Tuesday morning after troops got a specific information about the infiltration,' said Batra, adding that harsh weather conditions and rugged terrain was hampering the operation. 'More details will be available after weather improves,' Inspector General of Police Javid Makahdoomi said, adding that infiltrators have chosen to hide themselves in stony area up in the mountains. 'The area is like a natural concrete bunker,' he said, adding that three militants were killed in another infiltration attempt in Kupwara sector this morning. Since the India- Pakistan peace process began, this is the second infiltration bid in Gurez sector and 14th infiltration attempt in the Valley. Army claims that 50 militants have been killed in these infiltration bids. However, Defence spokesman confirmed the killing of three unidentified militants near Eagle Post in Tanghdar sector on the LoC in Kupwara district. 'The another group of infiltrators tried to sneak into Kashmir near Tanghdar, but were intercepted by the alert troops of 12 JAKLI,' he said, 'The identity of militants is yet to be ascertained,' he said. Sources, however, said about 30 to 35 militants might have crossed to PoK, as the entire forest area is engulfed by clouds.