Two Army jawans killed on LoC30 July 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Two Army personnel were killed as troops foiled a major infiltration bid by heavily armed militants in Furqiangali of Kupwara sector this evening. Srinagar based Defence Spokesman Lt Col J S Brar told EXCELSIOR this evening that two Army jawans were killed when a heavily armed group of infiltrators were crossing the Line of Control (LoC) in Furqiangali. 'When challenged by the Army deployed on the LoC, they opened fire with automatic weapons resulting in the two fatal casualties. The encounter is going on and further details are awaited,' he said. Army sources said that troops were making every effort to stop these militants from using the cover of darkness to infiltrate into the Indian side. 'More troops have been rushed to the area to take on the militant group.' This is the second infiltration bid foiled by the Army in Kupwara sector in last four days. A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of the Army was killed and two others injured when a group of heavily armed militants were intercepted by Army on LoC in Hyhama Kupwara sector on July 27. The militants were pushed back by Army into the Pakistani side of the LoC. But the search operations continued for several days as Army was ensuring that no militant managed his entry into the Indian side. Meanwhile, in a fierce encounter, Army killed a militant in Kupwara district of North Kashmir today. Lt Col Brar said the encounter between Army and militants broke out in Rashampora village of Kupwara last evening when troops launched a cordon and search operation in the village. 'The operation was launched on specific information. One militant was killed in the encounter and search operations are going on in the village', Col Brar said. The identity and group affiliation of the militant has not been ascertained. Sources in the security agencies revealed that Army has been put on high alert on the LoC as they have information about presence of large number of militants near the LoC in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. These militants are desperate to infiltrate into Kashmir as security forces have killed large number of militants during past several months', the sources said. Eight militants were killed in Kupwara district of North Kashmir this month. Five militants including top commanders of Lashkar-e-Toiba were killed in an encounter at Lolab on July 15 while two militants were killed in a gunbattle at Handwara on July 24 and one in Kupwara today. Now the militant leaders across the LoC in PoK want to push in more militants after the top commanders were eliminated by security forces. Meanwhile, Awantipora Police today arrested one Aijaz Ahmad Shah of Tral Payeen in district Pulwama. 'Shah was imposing himself as Hizbul Mujahideen militant and extorting money from general public, ' police said. They said Shah had visited Panner and adjacent villages and had threatened the newly elected Panches and Sarpanches of dire consequences, if they do not pay a hefty amount to the militant organizations. 'Many elected Panches and Sarpanches got frightened and agreed to pay the amount to the self imposing militant', said police. 'Shah also cheated many innocents on the pretext of providing jobs to them. A Sarpanch from village Panner Ghulam Qadir paid an amount of Rs 65,000 while Ali Mohammad Khandey a Panch from village Panner paid Rs. 34,600 to the fake militant,' they said. 'A woman Raja of Panner paid Rs 10,000 to him. Ghulam Qadir Mir and Ashiq Hussain of Pulwama have also been cheated of Rs 20,000 on the pretext of providing jobs. At many places he approached with toy guns to extort money from the innocent persons,' police added. Police have registered a case (FIR number 65-2011 under Sections 420 and 392 RPC) against Shah and investigations are going on.