Infiltration Attempt Foiled; Pak Ultra Killed, Another Escapes9 March 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Breaking a brief lull, Pakistan Rangers made another attempt last night to push two dreaded militants into Jammu from International Border (IB) at Alla Mai De Kothe along Niki Tawi area but the bid was foiled by the security personnel killing one militant and injuring another. Injured militant is reported to have escaped back to Pakistan from Niki Tawi borders. Official sources said recovery of five kg cocaine, which had value worth several crores in the international market along with arms, ammunition and Pakistan SIM cards from the possession of slain militant indicated a nexus between militants and narcotics smugglers of New Delhi and Mumbai. The cocaine is sent to foreign countries from Mumbai. The consignment might have been smuggled to fund the militants, who were running short of cash. Official sources told the Excelsior that the jawans of 122 BSF observed movement of two militants on their improvised night vision device at Pillar No. 805 near Alla Mai De Kothe posts of village Agre Chak along Niki Tawi in RS Pura sector trying to infiltrate into Indian territory after being launched by the Rangers from their Afzal Sayeed post in Chota Pind area of Pakistan at 10.30 pm. The militants threw stones in Niki Tawi to test vigil of the BSF jawans unaware of the fact that the security personnel on the NVD were watching their movement. As the militants started moving towards Indian territory crossing waters of Niki Tawi, the BSF jawans surrounded them from two sides to thwart their infiltration attempt. The BSF personnel opened firing when the militants came close to the Indian side in Niki Tawi. Bullets hit both the militants. While one of them fell into the water and was killed, another managed to escape in injured condition despite high water level in Niki Tawi due to rains in February. The BSF jawans jumped into water and recovered the dead body of slain militants along with the consignment the ultras were carrying. Recoveries made from the spot included one AK-56 rifle with 40 rounds, one magazine, two Nokia mobile telephones, four SIM cards (three Pakistani and one Indian), Rs 170 in Pakistan currency and five kg cocaine, wrapped in five packets of one kg each. Cocaine has been sent to drug laboratory for examination. Sources said identity of slain militant hasnít been established so far but he was a confirmed Pakistani national. The second militant, who fled back, was also a Pakistani national. According to sources, the same militants had tried to infiltrate into this side from the similar route on the intervening night of February 27 and 28. However, they had returned from middle of Niki Tawi, most probably due to high level of water on that night. Their movement was witnessed by the BSF jawans from the NVD that night too but they couldnít be eliminated or captured as they returned to Pakistan before reaching within the firing range. Sources said the militants would have reached Phalayan Mandal had they managed to cross the BSF naka and then easily reached Jammu. A major catastrophe has been averted by the BSF by killing one of them and injuring another as they were in the possession of an assault rifle in addition to other items. IG BSF, Jammu Frontier, Siddarth Chattopadhyaya along with other senior BSF officers visited the site of encounter early this morning and had a detailed examination of the infiltration route taken by the militants. He directed the BSF personnel to keep a strict vigil in the area as the Rangers had activated it for last seven to eight months. He said the BSF jawans were fully alert and would thwart any fresh infiltration attempt by the militants. He boosted the morale of the BSF jawans and lauded exemplary courage displayed by them in killing dreaded militant and forcing another to flee despite high water level in Niki Tawi. Sources said this is for the first time that militants had been smuggling weapons and cocaine together along with them from Pakistan. The cocaine was probably meant for the narcotics smugglers to fund the militants as the ultras here had been sending messages across the border seeking funds. Sources said exact nature of cocaine (the level of purification) would be verified by the drug authorities depending on which the cost of the narcotics would be estimated. Sources said a large number of militants were camping in launching pads set up by the Rangers in Chota Pind opposite Niki Tawi.