Searches against infiltrators continue

Searches against infiltrators continue

24 July 2012
The Daily Excelsior
Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar: As the operations launched by the security forces against the recently infiltrated militants in the forests of Handwara in the frontier district of Kupwara continued, security forces today recovered arms and ammunition from these forests during searches. The searches were launched in the last week of last month after the security forces noticed the movement of recently infiltrated group of around 8-10 militants in Handwara forests. In the continued searches in Sangri forest area of Handwara by Handwara Police and 47 RR, one AK 56, four AK magazines, 52 rounds of AK ammunition, one plastic container, one black shoe and one woolen hand glove was recovered from the forest area today. In an another search operation in the forests area of Harran, Handwara, Police and 30 RR recovered 365 rounds of AK ammunition, two UBGL, one Chinese pistol and seven rounds of pistol ammunition today. So far six militants of the group have been eliminated in the operations that continued against this recently infiltrated group. On July 17 police and the troops of 6 Rashtriya Rifles killed a militant at Budh Shungani village in Handwara after security forces received information about the presence of 3-4 militants in the area. However, rest of the militants fled when they noticed security force movement. Three militants of the group were killed in an operation in Bangas valley of Handwara on July 5 while two more were killed in the operation in Bawan village on July 6 while 4 security force personnel were injured in the operation. A senior officer of the Army last week admitted that a group of around 8-10 militants had managed to infiltrate into the Handwara forests. 'Six of them have been eliminated while operation against rest of them is going on', he added. The chief of Srinagar based 15-Corps of Army, Lt. General Om Prakash said last week that they have foiled majority of the infiltration bids this year. He said around 550-600 militants are waiting on the launching pads across the Line of Control (LoC) to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir to fill the void created in the militant ranks due to successful operations across the State. Meanwhile last night Army shot at and injured a man in Bandipora district of north Kashmir. Mohammad Anwar Tass, 35, a resident of Malangam, was hit by a bullet when he ran into an ambush laid by Army for suspected militants at Lachkoot forests in Bandipora. Residents said that Anwar was chasing a bear and on return to home he walked into an Army ambush. He was asked by the troops to stop but he didn't. He was fired at for mistaken identity. He was removed to Srinagar for treatment by the Army. The Lachkoot area is near the LoC and Army lays ambushes against infiltrators, mostly in summers, in this area.