Two militants killed in Kupwara

Two militants killed in Kupwara

26 May 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Inayat Jehangir

SRINAGAR: Army today foiled yet another infiltration bid near the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar Sector of Kupwara district in North Kashmir by killing two militants. 'The Army today successfully foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control, in Tangdhar sector. Detecting suspicious movement, the troops maintaining vigil, challenged the infiltrators, who opened fire and attempted to escape under the cover of darkness,' Defence spokesman Lt Colonel J S Brar said. He said the troops retaliated the firing, resulting in fierce exchange of fire between the two sides for several hours. Both the militants were shot dead by the Army troops. The identity of the slain militants could not be ascertained so far. Two AK rifles, six magazines, 12 AK rounds, one pistol with magazine, one wireless set, three hand grenades, one map sheet, four pouches and six pencil cells were recovered from the spot where the militants were killed. The operation was still in progress when reports last came in. Infiltration of militants from across the Line of Control has been on the rise since March as nearly half a dozen bids have been foiled so far. More than 20 militants have been killed in anti-insurgency operations along the LoC in the past two months. Army officials have claimed that more than 400 militants were waiting in as many as 20 launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to infiltrate into Kashmir valley. They have maintained that there was a clear desperation among the handlers of the ultras to push in as many militants into the State as possible to augment the depleting number of 'foot soldiers' for carrying out subversive activities. Army and BSF have intensified the vigil along the LoC in Kashmir valley in anticipation of rise in number of infiltration bids by militants with the onset of summer. In another anti-militancy operation in South Kashmir, security forces busted a militant hideout in Kokernag area of Anantnag district, recovering huge cache of arms and ammunition. 'A joint search operation was conducted by Kokernag Police with the assistance of 36 Rashtriya Rifles and 3 Rashtriya Rifles in the forest area of Souf-Shali near village Hangalgund, falling under the jurisdiction of Police Station Kokernag,' a police spokesman said. He said during search, four Chinese grenades, one UBGL, two AK magazines, one radio set and 215 AK cartridges were recovered from the spot. One militant surrendered before the security forces in Keran sector of Kupwara district, the police spokesman said. Manzoor Ahmad Khan gave himself up before the Army along with his weapon. Khan handed over one AK rifle, two magazines and 30 rounds to the authorities. Meanwhile, police today recovered body of a woman, Wazira Begum wife of Bashir Ahmad Denda resident of Rayar Khansahib, in a canal near Checkmerg Arizal in Budgam district. Police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 CrPC to ascertain the cause of death. The body of the deceased was handed over to legal heirs for last rites after conducting autopsy and other legal formalities.


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