12 Militants Sneaked Into Kashmir: Police

12 Militants Sneaked Into Kashmir: Police

14 July 2012
Rising Kashmir
Wasim Khalid

Srinagar: Police have claimed that there have been fresh infiltration bids in north Kashmir and during these attempts at least 12 militants have crossed over to Rajwar forests from Bangus and Nowgam sectors. A senior police official told Rising Kashmir that the recent encounters during which five militants were killed in Rajwar and other areas of Handwara, four have not been identified. “All these four militants had newly arrived from across the border. Our inputs have verified it. Similarly our intelligence gatherers have spotted eight new militants in Rajwar area. The total numbers of militants operating in the Rajwar forest area have gone to more than 20 in the area,” he said. The official said the exact date of militant infiltration is yet to be ascertained. “The new militants have reached the Rajwar forests successfully apparently without any difficulty”. “We were surprised to spot large number of militants in the area. Infact we have now alerted our informers and directed them to gather more information about number of militants, who may have crossed over to Kashmir from across the border,” they said. Army had recently claimed that encounters broke out close to LoC in Nowgam, Bangus and Rajwar area, resulting in killing of five militants and injuring three troopers. The Handwara area falls close to Nowgma sector and militants often infiltrate into Rajwara forests, Bangus, Nowgam sector and Falmarg forests sectors. When army spokesman, Lt Col J S Brar was asked whether there had been fresh infiltration bids in Handwara area, he said, “I cannot comment over the issue”.