Infiltrator killed, 3 retrieve; Army jawan hurt on LoC

Infiltrator killed, 3 retrieve; Army jawan hurt on LoC

22 May 2012
The Daily Excelsior


Jammu: Army foiled a major infiltration attempt by the militants on the Line of Control (LoC) at Balakote sector in Poonch district killing one Pakistani militant and forcing two to three others to retrieve in wee hours of this morning. An Army jawan was injured in exchange of firing with militants. Today morning, Pakistan Army violated ceasefire in Sabjian sector of the same district where they fired eight to 10 Pika rounds when the troops were busy in repair of fencing, which had been damaged during snowfall in the winter. Troops lodged a strong protest with Pakistan Army for ceasefire violations on the hotline. Official sources told the Excelsior that troops of 43 Rashtriya Rifles observed movement of a group of three to four militants at Rani Gali in Tarkundi area of Balakote sector in Poonch district at about 1 am through the Night Vision Devices. 'When the militants reached close to the LoC, the were challenged and fired upon. The militants took positions close to the LoC and tried to sneak into this side by firing on the troops. Exchange of firing continued for more than 40 minutes after which two to three militants were seen crawling back to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK)’’, sources said. They added that searches were conducted along the LoC this morning and dead body of one of the militants was recovered from the spot. However, no recoveries were made from his possession. 'Usually, weapon of the slain militant is taken by the fleeing intruders’’, sources, adding the weapon might have even fallen somewhere. Army have handed over body of the militant to police for identification. An Army jawan identified as Rifleman Surjit KP was injured in firing by the militants. He was evacuated from the site and admitted in the hospital. Army took the help of local people in identification of the body. However, the militant was not local. The people said the beard supported by the ultra and the boots he was wearing indicated that he was a Pakistani. General Officer Commanding (GOC) Romeo Force Major General Shergill visited the site of infiltration attempt and lauded brave act of the troops for thwarting it. He asked the troops to maintain similar kind of alert as the militants could make more such intrusion bids on the LoC with the melting of snow. Maj Gen Shergill directed the troops to keep Night Vision Devices (NVDs) on along the LoC from 6 pm to 8 am to monitor any untoward movement by the militants. Meanwhile, Pakistan Army violated ceasefire at Sabjian sector at 10.50 am today by firing eight to 10 rounds of Pika gun on the Army personnel, who were engaged in repair work of fencing along the LoC, which had been damaged during the winter due to heavy snowfall. Sources said Pakistan Army had been objecting to fencing work presuming that the troops were laying new fencing. Last week also, they had fired at the troops at same place with the same motive of blocking the fence repair. 'We have lodged protest with Pakistan Army and apprised them that it was the old fencing, which was being repaired. No new fencing was being laid’’, sources said hoping that the issue would be resolved. There were no casualties or damage on Indian side in firing by Pakistan Army, sources said but added that the fencing work has been stopped for the time being. This is the 10th ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Indo-Pak border this year and the third this month. On May 12, Pakistani troops resorted to small arms firing along the LoC on the Indian post Kobra in Sabzian belt of Poonch district around 1100 hours. On May 4, Pakistani troops targeted Indian forward posts by opening fire in Nangitikri belt along the LoC in Rajouri district. They fired around 300 rounds. A total of 105 ceasefire violations along the LoC have taken place in the State since 2010. Meanwhile, Army recovered one pistol with one magazine, 138 AK rounds, two Chinese grenades, two UBGL grenades, two RPG grenades and one Improvised Explosive Device (IED) from Tung Wali forest under the jurisdiction of Kandi police station in Rajouri district today during a search operation. No arrests were made from the spot, sources said.