Infiltration Bid Foiled In Macchil, 4 Militants Killed

Infiltration Bid Foiled In Macchil, 4 Militants Killed

30 July 2013
The Daily Excelsior
Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar: Army today foiled an infiltration bid in Macchil sector of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district killing 4 militants while the death toll in infiltration attempts since yesterday has gone upto 6. General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Army’s 15 Corps, Lt General Gurmeet Singh told a press conference here that two militants were killed in Macchil sector of Kupwara early today. However, a Defence spokesman this evening said that two more militants have been killed in the operation taking the death toll in the Macchil encounter to 4. The GOC said that alert troops spotted a group of 5-6 militants near the LoC early today and they challenged them resulting in a gun fight in which two militants were killed. The General said that operation in the area is going that has rugged mountainous terrain and weather has been freak since morning. Lt General Singh said that two militants were killed in Keran sector when Army foiled an infiltration bid yesterday. He said that two AK rilfes, one militant body and war like stores were recovered. The Army commander said that yesterday there were reports of that out of the three militants two were critically injured and now we have the confirmation that the second militant is also died. The General said that an operation is going on in Hafruda forests of Handwara in district Kupwara since yesterday. He said that the security forces received intelligence based information about the presence of a group of militants in the forests and launched an operation yesterday. “Search operation in the forests is going on”, he added. Sources said that security forces spotted 5-6 militants at Baila in Hafrooda forests of Handwara in North Kashmir yesterday. Police and Army launched a joint operation during which militants opened fire on the security forces last evening. More troops have been rushed to the forest area and massive operation has been launched against the militants. “However, so far only one rucksack was recovered”, sources said. SP Handwara, Aslam Choudhray told Excelsior that the operation in the forests is going on and so far only few pouches have been recovered. He said that since the forests are dense, search operation will continue. In the meantime, heavy firing was reported from Charunda village of Uri in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district during the night. Residents of the area said that they heard three deafening explosion between 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and this was followed by the night long intermittent firing creating panic in the village. Residents said that Army also fired several illumination rounds. “However, in the morning firing stopped but fear still persists among the residents”, they added. Lt General Gurmeet Singh said that militant infrastructure across the LoC is intact but the Army has an effective counter-infiltration grid in place to thwart the infiltration attempts. The Army commander said there are a number of militant camps across the LoC, but the numbers are not important. “What is important is their intention and what their planning and methodology is. I think it would suffice to say that the infiltration attempts are continuing and our intelligence and support from the people is excellent which is assisting us in the operations,” he added. The GOC said that information sharing and co-operation among the intelligence agencies is very good and there is a huge support from the people of the Valley. “I am very happy with the information sharing, co-operation among the intelligence agencies and joint effort in analysing and assessing the information. In fact, it is because of the hard work of the soldiers that we have effectively been able to carry out the counter-infiltration tasks,” Lt General Singh said. On the increased number of infiltration bids, the Army commander said: “The militants may think it may be easy to infiltrate in these months, but our counter infiltration grid is for all the 12 months of the year. We are always ready for the challenge.” Lt General Gurmeet Singh said Army has learnt its lesson after last month’s attack at Hyderpora in Srinagar which left eight soldiers dead. “We have learnt our lessons well out of it. We have modified our Standard Operations Procedure (SOP) and we are ready for any challenge of that nature. Also it is our intelligence target for us to locate them and neutralise them. And on this issue, JK Police, Army and other security agencies are focused. It is a matter of time,” he added.